Research Article

Acute respiratory insufficiency after endoscopy for bleeding oesophageal varices.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1984; 288 doi: (Published 02 June 1984) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1984;288:1639
  1. D C Crawford,
  2. D W Ryan


    Two patients with alcoholic liver disease and gross ascites underwent endoscopic injection and compression by Sengstaken tube of oesophageal varices under general anaesthesia. Postoperatively both patients developed acute respiratory failure, which resolved after air had been aspirated from the stomach via the Sengstaken tube. All air should be aspirated at the end of the procedure in patients with ascites who undergo endoscopy, and respiration should be carefully supervised postoperatively.