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A case report of esophageal perforation: Complication of nasogastric tube placement

Arda Isik, Deniz Firat, Kemal Peker, Ilyas Sayar, Oguz Idiz, Mehmet Soytürk

(Department of General Surgery, Erzincan University, Erzincan, Turkey)

Am J Case Rep 2014; 15:168-171

DOI: 10.12659/AJCR.890260


Abstract: Background: Esophageal perforation is a well-defined and severe clinical condition. There are several etiologies of esophagus perforation.
Case Report: We report the case of a 70-year-old Caucasian man who underwent an emergency cholecystectomy due to acute cholecystitis. Two days after surgery, his condition deteriorated. Thorax computerized tomography revealed an esophageal perforation.
Conclusions: Esophageal perforation due to nasogastric application is relatively rare but the consequences are potentially serious. The anatomy of the upper gastrointestinal system should be understood by all healthcare professionals involved in the treatment.

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