Revista do Colégio Brasileiro de Cirurgiões
versão impressa ISSN 0100-6991
GODINHO, Maurício et al. Spontaneous rupture of the esophagus: boerhaave's syndrome. Rev. Col. Bras. Cir. [online]. 2012, vol.39, n.1, pp. 83-84. ISSN 0100-6991. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0100-69912012000100017.
Boerhaave's syndrome, the spontaneous rupture of the esophagus, is associated with a 35% death rate. Perforated esophagus is a surgical emergency; it is the most serious, and frequently the most rapidly lethal, perforation of the gastro-intestinal tract. Three cases of Boerhaave's syndrome are presented, with their variants and resolutions. Treatment and outcome are largely determined by the time of presentation. We reviewed our experience with esophageal perforations to determine the overall mortality and whether the time of presentation should influence management strategy.
Palavras-chave : Rupture, spontaneous; Esophagus; Esophageal perforation; Gastrointestinal tract; Fatal outcomes.