Esophageal perforation caused by external air-blast injury

Jun Neng Roan, Ming Ho Wu

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Abstract

Background: Esophageal perforation after external air-blast trauma is rarely presented in the emergency room. The diagnosis is often delayed more than 24 hours.Methods: We review the literature and report a case of esophageal perforation caused by external air-blast injury.Results: Including the present case, a total of 5 cases of esophageal perforation were caused by external air-blast injury in English literature. Of them, the common presentations were chest pain and dyspnea. The treatment methods varied with each case. One patient died before diagnosis of esophageal perforation and the others survived after proper surgical management.Conclusions: Early diagnosis and proper surgical management can reduce the morbidity and mortality of patients who suffered from esophageal perforation caused by external air-blast injury.

Original languageEnglish
Article number130
JournalJournal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Volume5
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Dec 17

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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