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Vol 68, No 9 (2010)
Chorzy trudni nietypowi
Published online: 2010-09-21
Submitted: 2012-12-28
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Boerhaave’s syndrome - a difficult differential diagnosis of chest pain

Gregoriana Zanini, Alessandra Pelati, Marco Racheli, Adriana Virgillo, Monica Bortolotti, Gian Franco Pasini
Kardiol Pol 2010;68(9):1040-1042.

open access

Vol 68, No 9 (2010)
Chorzy trudni nietypowi
Published online: 2010-09-21
Submitted: 2012-12-28

Abstract

Boerhaave’s syndrome is a very rare disease characterised by a spontaneous rupture of the oesophagus. It is often misdiagnosed and there is no consensus as to the best treatment. We describe a case of a 61 year-old man without significant previous medical history presenting in the emergency room with acute chest and back pain. Despite objective and laboratory tests negative for chest pain screening, computed tomography showed the presence of mediastinal air and pneumothorax consistent with oesophagus rupture. Urgent surgical intervention saved the patient.
Kardiol Pol 2010; 68, 9: 1040-1042

Abstract

Boerhaave’s syndrome is a very rare disease characterised by a spontaneous rupture of the oesophagus. It is often misdiagnosed and there is no consensus as to the best treatment. We describe a case of a 61 year-old man without significant previous medical history presenting in the emergency room with acute chest and back pain. Despite objective and laboratory tests negative for chest pain screening, computed tomography showed the presence of mediastinal air and pneumothorax consistent with oesophagus rupture. Urgent surgical intervention saved the patient.
Kardiol Pol 2010; 68, 9: 1040-1042
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Keywords

Boerhaave’s syndrome; computed tomography

About this article
Title

Boerhaave’s syndrome - a difficult differential diagnosis of chest pain

Journal

Kardiologia Polska (Polish Heart Journal)

Issue

Vol 68, No 9 (2010)

Pages

1040-1042

Published online

2010-09-21

Bibliographic record

Kardiol Pol 2010;68(9):1040-1042.

Keywords

Boerhaave’s syndrome
computed tomography

Authors

Gregoriana Zanini
Alessandra Pelati
Marco Racheli
Adriana Virgillo
Monica Bortolotti
Gian Franco Pasini

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