Inadvertent insertion of nasogastric tube into the brain stem and spinal cord after endoscopic skull base surgery

Amgad S. Hanna, Christopher R. Grindle, Alpesh A. Patel, Marc R. Rosen, James J. Evans*

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Abstract

A significant number of neurosurgical patients require feeding tube placement via a nasogastric route. It is used as a temporary access for enteral feeding until patients are able to swallow or receive permanent access. Despite how commonly feeding tubes are used, they are not without potential complications. We report a case of inadvertent placement of small-bore feeding tube into the brain stem and spinal cord in a patient with a history of previous endoscopic transnasal resection of clival chordoma. We discuss the management of this complication and the strategies that have been developed to avoid this complication in the future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)178-180
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Medicine and Surgery
Volume33
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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