Complications of nasogastric intubation in horses: nine cases (1987-1989). Academic Article uri icon


  • Pharyngeal or esophageal trauma was diagnosed in 9 horses after nasogastric intubation. Evidence of trauma (edema or ulceration) was detected in the pharynx of 3 horses and in the esophagus of 6 horses. Complications associated with nasogastric intubation were first observed in 5 horses while they were intubated and in 4 horses after extubation. Clinical signs of pharyngeal or esophageal trauma were similar, and included salivation, bruxism, coughing, and nasal discharge. Treatment, including extubation, enteral feeding through a small nasogastric tube, or esophagostomy distal to the affected site, was attempted in 6 horses. Three of 6 treated horses survived, but 4 of 5 horses with perforated esophagus were euthanatized.

published proceedings

  • J Am Vet Med Assoc

author list (cited authors)

  • Hardy, J., Stewart, R. H., Beard, W. L., & Yvorchuk-St-Jean, K.

citation count

  • 52

complete list of authors

  • Hardy, J||Stewart, RH||Beard, WL||Yvorchuk-St-Jean, K

publication date

  • August 1992