Esophageal perforation following orogastric suction catheter insertion in an elderly patient

Roland N. Kaddoum, Fadi Farah, Rita W. Saroufim, Salah M. Zeineldine

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Esophageal rupture has been described following iatrogenic manipulation. In this report, we present an elderly lady admitted to the operative theater for laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Multiple intra-operative attempts to place a flexible orogastric tube were unsuccessful because of failure to advance. Post-operatively, the patient developed sepsis and a right pleural effusion. She was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit and she was treated with antibiotics. Radiologic evaluation confirmed an esophago-pleural fistula. Surgical repair was urgently performed for closure of fistula and lung decortication. The patient recovered and was discharged home.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)117-121
Number of pages5
JournalMiddle East Journal of Anesthesiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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