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Rupture of the Normal Stomach during Oxygen Therapy by Nasal Catheter: A Brief Report of Three Cases and a Simple Means of Preventing This Disaster

Ann Intern Med. 1961;55(6):1014-1015. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-55-6-1014
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Rupture of the normal stomach due to sudden distention during oxygen therapy by insufflation through a nasal catheter is a rare but tragic occurrence. The patients receiving this type of treatment are, of course, suffering from a serious condition or the use of oxygen would not be indicated. The tear in the stomach or esophagus with sudden severe distention of the abdomen with oxygen and leakage of stomach contents may well be more than the ailing individual can tolerate as was the case in two of the three instances here reported. Three similar cases have recently been published (1).



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