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A complication of nasogastric feeding and anorexia nervosa

Desmond Wee and Jon P Clarke
Med J Aust 2004; 180 (10): 507.
Published online: 17 May 2004

A nasogastric feeding tube became acutely blocked in a young woman with anorexia nervosa. The ward staff tried unsuccessfully to remove the tube, and the patient complained of left cheek and nose pain. The knotted tube had impacted in the nose and was subsequently removed under anaesthesia. Whether the knotting was with fingers or tongue is unknown.

  • Desmond Wee1
  • Jon P Clarke2

  • Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide, SA.

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