A case report of Boerhaave’s syndrome

Gastroenterology
Case Report
10.1102/1470-5206.2005.0010
5
42-45
A case report of Boerhaave’s syndrome

We report a case of Boerhaave’s syndrome in a previously fit 57-year-old lady with an aetiological association with a co-existing duodenal ulcer. We discuss the diagnostic difficulties presented by this case, the importance of prompt diagnosis and intervention, and the problems involved in the management that are highlighted in this case. This is an extremely rare but well recognised entity. A 1980 review by Kish cited only 300 cases worldwide; a small percentage were diagnosed post mortem (John BE, Zua MS. Boerhaave’s syndrome—an elusive diagnosis. Tenn Med 1997; 90: 56–8).

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Editor-in-Chief

Frank Cross
Consultant Vascular and General Surgeon
The London Clinic, UK

Editors

Neil Barnes
Consultant Physician
Barts Health NHS Trust, London, UK
Ali Jawad
Professor of Rheumatology
Barts Health NHS Trust, London, UK

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