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Saudi J Gastroenterol. 2009 October; 15(4): 288.
PMCID: PMC2981853

Unusual Obstruction of Nasojejunal Feeding Tube

Despite good practice of caring, blockage of feeding tube is a common problem. We encountered a patient with severe acute pancreatitis in the ICU with a nasojejunal tube for enteral feeding. Later on, due to obstruction in the feeding tube, we took it out and found, unexpectedly, the lumen of the feeding tube occluded by Ascaris lumbricoides [Figure 1].[1,2] Therefore, this occlusion by A. lumbricoides could be considered as a cause of feeding tube obstruction, especially in endemic areas where the burden of this disease is huge.[3]

Figure 1
Feeding tube occlusion by Ascaris lumbricoides


1. Kiafar C, Shah D, Wadas S, Gilani N. Intermittent obstruction of jejunostomy tube due to Ascaris lumbricoides infection. South Med J. 2008;101:654–6. [PubMed]
2. Odigie VL, Yusufu LM, Yakubu AA, Bello A. Nasogastric tube obstruction by Ascaris lumbricoides. Trop Doct. 2002;32:176–7. [PubMed]
3. Coombs I, Crompton DW. How much human helminthiasis is there in the world? J Parasitol. 1999;85:397–403. [PubMed]

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