Boerhaave syndrome. Definition

Medical Definition: Boerhaave syndrome

Spontaneous perforation of the esophagus, caused by a sudden vomiting and simultaneous with the closing of the upper esophageal sphincter. Thus, there is a very sharp increase in esophageal pressure, which causes them to burst. Perforation usually occurs on the left side of the abdominal esophagus or the lower part of the thoracic esophagus. Requires early diagnosis and urgent surgery to prevent sepsis by mediastinitis. View mediastinitis, perforation, sepsis, vomiting.

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