Gastrointestinal Radiology

, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 1–10

Iatrogenic intubation injuries of the upper gastrointestinal tract in adults


  • Gary G. Ghahremani
    • Department of Diagnostic RadiologyEvanston Hospital-Northwestern University
  • Mary Ann Turner
    • Department of Diagnostic RadiologyMedical College of Virginia Hospitals
  • Ronald B. Port
    • Department of Diagnostic RadiologyEvanston Hospital-Northwestern University

DOI: 10.1007/BF01888590

Cite this article as:
Ghahremani, G.G., Turner, M.A. & Port, R.B. Gastrointest Radiol (1980) 5: 1. doi:10.1007/BF01888590


Perforation of the hypopharynx, esophagus, and stomach complicated the insertion of flexible tubes in 11 adults. Nasogastric suction tubes were responsible for 5 instances of gastric perforation. Palliative intubation of obstructive carcinomas of the distal esophagus resulted in delayed perforation of the esophagus and stomach in 2 cases. The use of a Linton tube for decompression of bleeding varices caused esophageal rupture in 1 patient whereas 2 others developed pharyngoesophageal perforation due to misplaced endotracheal tubes. The remaining 1 case demonstrated penetration of a chest tube into the esophageal lumen. The radiographic features and mechanisms of these iatrogenic injuries are described and the pertinent literature is reviewed.


Esophagus, perforation Gastrointestinal intubation, complications Stomach, injury

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