Blunt trauma patient with esophageal perforation.

The western journal of emergency medicine

PubMedID: 25247037

Oray NC, Sivrikaya S, Bayram B, Egeli T, Dicle O. Blunt trauma patient with esophageal perforation. West J Emerg Med. 2014;15(6):659-62.
Traumatic perforation of the esophagus due to blunt trauma is a rare thoracic emergency. The most common causes of esophageal perforation are iatrogenic, and the upper cervical esophageal region is the most often injured. Diagnosis is frequently determined late, and mortality is therefore high. This case report presents a young woman who was admitted to the emergency department (ED) with esophageal perforation after having fallen from a high elevation. Esophageal perforation was diagnosed via thoracoabdominal tomography with ingestion of oral contrast. The present report discusses alternative techniques for diagnosing esophageal perforation in a multitrauma patient.