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January 1988

Boerhaave's Syndrome: Computed Tomographic Findings and Diagnostic Considerations

Author Affiliations

From the Pulmonary Division, Albert Einstein Medical Center (Drs Jaworski, Fischer, and Lippmann), and the Department of Medicine, Pulmonary Division, Temple University School of Medicine (Drs Fischer and Lippmann), Philadelphia.

Arch Intern Med. 1988;148(1):223-224. doi:10.1001/archinte.1988.00380010225024

• Boerhaave's syndrome, or spontaneous rupture of the esophagus, may present with atypical chest pain mimicking an acute thoracic aortic dissection. We describe such a case and discuss the utility of a thoracic computed tomographic scan in arriving at a prompt diagnosis. The importance of early diagnosis is reviewed with particular attention to these roentgenographic findings.

(Arch Intern Med 1988;148:223-224)

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