Boerhaave syndrome

Case contributed by Dr Ahmed Abd Rabou

Presentation

Recurrent vomiting followed by severe chest pain and developed pneumothorax

Patient Data

Age: 50 years old
Gender: Female
Modality: Fluoroscopy

Esophageal perforation with leakage of contrast media to the posterior aspect of the left pleural space. Also surgical emphysema and intercostal tubes are seen.

Case Discussion

Spontaneous esophageal perforation that occurs secondary to forceful vomiting is called Boerhaave syndrome. Esophageal tear is usually located in the posterior aspect of the distal esophagus. As a result of tear, associated pneumothorax and pneumomediastinum developed.

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Case Information

rID: 28895
Case created: 20th Apr 2014
Last edited: 14th Mar 2016
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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