Appearances are Deceptive – Passing a Nasogastric Tube does Not Always Rule Out Oesophageal Atresia SD01-SD02
Dr. Manish Kumar,
Associate Professor, Department of Neonatology, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamilnadu-632004, India.
Oesophageal atresia/trachea-Oesophageal fistula is commonly diagnosed in the newborn period by inability to pass a nasogastric tube (NGT). We present the instance of a newborn baby where the diagnosis of oesophageal atresia was delayed because of an apparent successful passage of nasogastric tube to the stomach. Failure to reinsert the NGT raised the suspicion of oesophageal atresia which was confirmed by contrast study showing blind upper oesophageal pouch.