Boerhaave's syndrome and tension pneumothorax secondary to Norovirus induced forceful emesis

Søren Venø, Jens Eckardt

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Abstrakt

Boerhaave's syndrome or spontaneous esophageal perforation is a rare condition, with high mortality. We describe a case of Boerhaave's syndrome presenting with tension pneumothorax. The patient was infected with Norovirus and developed Boerhaave's syndrome, initially thought to be gastroenteritis but later developing with tension pneumothorax, and mediastinitis caused by esophageal perforation. The patient was treated with thoracotomy with primary suture and oesophageal stent placement. He had a long period of recovery and was discharged after 98 days. Boerhaaves syndrome is often delayed and must be considered in any patient with respiratory symptoms and a recent history of vomiting.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftThe Journal of Thoracic Disease
Vol/bind5
Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)E38-40
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2013

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