Tracheal intubation is a commonly performed prcedure generally associated with a low complication rate. A clinical sign that could lead to early detection of complications could improve mamagement of mechanically ventilated patients. We present two instances of potentially lethal complications that were heralded by the presence of massive gastric distention. This finding should alert physicians that an abnormal communication may exist between the endotracheal tube and the gastrointestinal tract.
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- Internal Medicine