A complication of nasogastric tube removal

James A Sliwa*, Christina Marciniak

*Corresponding author for this work

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Numerous complications associated with the use of nasogastric tubes have been reported. The most common of these complications result from their misdirection during insertion. We report a case in which the mercury tip of a nasogastric tube became lodged within the nasal cavity during removal. This required extraction by an otolaryngologist and resulted in a delay of discharge. The spectrum of complications associated with nasogastric tube use and recommendations for safe removal are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)702-704
Number of pages3
JournalArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Issue number9
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989


  • Enteral feeding
  • Intubation, gastrointestinal
  • Nasal cavity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation


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