Esophageal obstruction: An unusual complication of enteral nutrition

A. Paling, A. R.J. Girbes

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Objective: To report an unusual complication of enteral nutrition in an intensive care patient. Design: Case report. Setting: University tertiary referral intensive care unit. Patients: One patient who developed an esophageal obstruction due to gastroesophageal reflux while receiving enteral nutrition. Interventions: Esophageal-gastroscopy for diagnostics and subsequent irrigation and mechanical cleasing resulting in desobstruction. Conclusion: Enteral nutrition through a nasogastric tube is in general a safe means to feed intensive care patients, but may result in esophageal obstruction due to impaction of the feeding compound as a result of gastroesophageal reflux.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)224-225
Number of pages2
JournalCare of the Critically Ill
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2000


  • Gastroesophageal reflux
  • Nasogastric tube

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