Nasogastric Tube Syndrome

Epidemiology

  • aka Sofferman Nasogastric Tube Syndrome
  • History: first reported in 1981
  • Risk Group: diabetic renal transplant patients (probably due to prolonged gastroparesis and requirement for nasogastric tube drainage)

Physiology

  • Mechanism: believed to be due to paresis of the posterior cricoarytenoid muscles secondary to ulceration and infection over the posterior lamina of the cricoid

Diagnosis:

  • Esophagoscopy: necessary

Clinical


References

  • The nasogastric tube syndrome. Laryngoscope. 1990 Sep;100(9):962-8
  • Nasogastric tube syndrome: a life-threatening laryngeal obstruction in a 72-year-old patient. Age Ageing (September 2006) 35 (5): 538-539