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Occult spontaneous esophageal perforation. Unusual clinical and radiographic presentation.

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Glenny, RW; Fulkerson, WJ; Ravin, CE
Published in: Chest
September 1987

We report a unique presentation of spontaneous esophageal perforation or Boerhaave's syndrome. Our patient had no risk factors predisposing her to barogenic rupture of the esophagus, and she had none of the "classic" presenting signs. She was asymptomatic, and her clinical course appeared to be chronic. Her chest roentgenogram demonstrated bilateral thick-walled cavities with air-fluid levels. Computerized axial tomography of the chest and swallow of meglumine diatrizoate (Gastrografin) showed the cavities and esophagus to communicate. This patient's presentation and radiographic studies extend the reported description of Boerhaave's syndrome.

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Published In

Chest

DOI

ISSN

0012-3692

Publication Date

September 1987

Volume

92

Issue

3

Start / End Page

562 / 565

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Syndrome
  • Rupture, Spontaneous
  • Risk
  • Respiratory System
  • Middle Aged
  • Humans
  • Female
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Diatrizoate Meglumine
 

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Glenny, R. W., Fulkerson, W. J., & Ravin, C. E. (1987). Occult spontaneous esophageal perforation. Unusual clinical and radiographic presentation. Chest, 92(3), 562–565. https://doi.org/10.1378/chest.92.3.562
Glenny, R. W., W. J. Fulkerson, and C. E. Ravin. “Occult spontaneous esophageal perforation. Unusual clinical and radiographic presentation.Chest 92, no. 3 (September 1987): 562–65. https://doi.org/10.1378/chest.92.3.562.
Glenny RW, Fulkerson WJ, Ravin CE. Occult spontaneous esophageal perforation. Unusual clinical and radiographic presentation. Chest. 1987 Sep;92(3):562–5.
Glenny, R. W., et al. “Occult spontaneous esophageal perforation. Unusual clinical and radiographic presentation.Chest, vol. 92, no. 3, Sept. 1987, pp. 562–65. Pubmed, doi:10.1378/chest.92.3.562.
Glenny RW, Fulkerson WJ, Ravin CE. Occult spontaneous esophageal perforation. Unusual clinical and radiographic presentation. Chest. 1987 Sep;92(3):562–565.
Journal cover image

Published In

Chest

DOI

ISSN

0012-3692

Publication Date

September 1987

Volume

92

Issue

3

Start / End Page

562 / 565

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Syndrome
  • Rupture, Spontaneous
  • Risk
  • Respiratory System
  • Middle Aged
  • Humans
  • Female
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Diatrizoate Meglumine