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Rom J Leg Med19(4)283-286(2011)
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Boerhaave syndrome. A case report

L. Hecser, K. P. Siklodi, G. Csiki, M. F. Lungu, H. Jung, O. Buda

Abstract: Background: Spontaneous rupture of the esophagus (Boerhaave’s syndrome) is a rare, well defined clinical syndrome caused by a longitudinal perforation of the esophagus. This syndrome was first described by Boerhaave in 1724. This severe disease causes high mortality rates and it is difficult to diagnose it not only because it is rare but also because it is frequently confused with other severe clinical conditions. Case presentation: In this report we present a unique case of Boerhaave’s syndrome in a 49-year-old male patient. In the period October 16-21 2009 he was hospitalized with the diagnosis: septic shock, rupture of esophagus, ARDS. The patient died on October 21, 2009 by cardiac arrest. Conclusion: The rupture of the esophagus is a serious condition and its diagnosis is usually neglected during the initial assessment.
Keywords: esophageal disease, spontaneous rupture of esophagus, postoperative death

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