May 1983

Low Pleural Fluid Amylase Associated With Spontaneous Rupture of the Esophagus

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medicine, Medical Intensive Care Unit, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles.

Arch Intern Med. 1983;143(5):1034-1035. doi:10.1001/archinte.1983.00350050200040

• All previously reported determinations of pleural fluid amylase in Boerhaave's syndrome have demonstrated elevated values. We treated a patient with Sjögren's syndrome who had a low pleural fluid amylase level and the concomitant unusual finding of leakage of esophageal contents into the right pleural space.

(Arch Intern Med 1983;143:1034-1035)