Boerhaave's syndrome in children: a case report and review of the literature

J.H. Antonis, M. Poeze, L.W. van Heurn*

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Boerhaave's syndrome or spontaneous rupture of the esophagus is a rupture of the esophagus after vomiting. It is rare in children, and to date, 26 children have been reported. We present the case of a 5-year-old boy who presented with dyspnea after vomiting and subcutaneous emphysema. The diagnosis was confirmed with esophagoscopy. The patient was successfully treated with a repair of the rupture and a fundoplication. We review the literature on Boerhaave's syndrome in children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1620-1623
JournalJournal of Pediatric Surgery
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2006

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