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Revista Colombiana de Gastroenterologia

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Abstract

GOMEZ ZULETA, Martín Alonso; VIVEROS CARRENO, David Andrés  and  BUITRAGO, Melissa. Two Case Reports of Boerhaave’s Syndrome. Rev Col Gastroenterol [online]. 2014, vol.29, n.2, pp.179-182. ISSN 0120-9957.

Boerhaave’s syndrome is a type of esophageal rupture caused by a rapid increase in intraluminal pressure in a previously healthy esophagus. The rupture usually occurs in the distal third of the esophagus. This condition has a high mortality rate and is very rare with very few cases reported in the literature. Estimates of mortality rates range as high as 40%, but management by experienced physicians combined with early diagnosis early has been shown to positively impact patients’ prognoses. Unfortunately due to the condition´s low frequency, no clear consensus exists regarding the best therapeutic approach. Here we present the clinical features of two patients who were diagnosed at our institution, present diagnostic images, and review the topic

Keywords : Boerhaave’s syndrome; esophageal perforation.

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