Boerhaave syndrome

Case contributed by Dr Brendon Friesen


Hypotensive. No history of trauma. Vomiting.

Patient Data

Age: 40
Gender: Male

Small right pneumothorax.

Right pleural effusion.

Apparent right medial basal collapse/consolidation.


Extensive pneumomediastinum, centred around the distal oesophagus.

Very large right pleural effusion, with some dependent hyperdense material (oral contrast - omnipaque).

Right sided pneumothorax.

Small left pleural effusion.


Post-operative Gastrografin esophogram. T-tube in-situ. No contrast leak.

Case Discussion

Boerhaave syndrome.

This patient had a right sided esophageal tear.

(Most cases are left sided).

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Case information

rID: 28804
Published: 13th Apr 2014
Last edited: 7th Oct 2015
System: Chest
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