Gastrointestinal Radiology

, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp 311–313 | Cite as

Intrathoracic gastric balloon: Radiographic recognition of esophageal perforation

  • Sanford A. Rubin
  • Mary Z. Winsett
  • Wilma C. Diner
Article

Abstract

Perforation of the esophagus is an uncommon but life-threatening complication of balloon tamponade for bleeding esophageal varices. We report 2 cases in which the inflated gastric balloon was seen in the chest on radiographs. This finding strongly suggests esophageal perforation, and prompt intervention is required.

Key words

Sengstaken-Blakemore tube, esophageal perforation Esophageal varices, complications of treatment 

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

References

  1. 1.
    Hanna SS, Warren WD, Galambos JT, Millikan WJ: Bleeding varices: 1. Emergency management.Can Med Assoc J 124:29–41, 1981Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Chojkier M, Conn HO: Esophageal tamponade in the treatment of bleeding varices: a decadel progress report.Dig Dis Sci 25:261–212, 1980Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Pitcher JL: Safety and effectiveness of the modified Sengstaken-Blakemore tube: a prospective study.Gastroenterology 61:291–298, 1971Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Johansen TS, Baden H: Re-appraisal of the Sengstaken-Blakemore balloon tamponade for bleeding esophageal varices; results in 91 patients.Scand J Gastroenterol 8:181–183, 1973Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Burcharth F, MalmstrØm J: Experiences with the Linton-Nachlas and the Sengstaken-Blakemore tubes for bleeding esophageal varices.Surg Gynecol Obstet 142:529–531, 1976Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    Conn HO, Simpson JA: Excessive mortality associated with balloon tamponade of bleeding varices.JAMA 202:587–591, 1967Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sanford A. Rubin
    • 1
    • 2
  • Mary Z. Winsett
    • 1
    • 2
  • Wilma C. Diner
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyUniversity of Texas Medical BranchGalvestonUSA
  2. 2.Little Rock Veterans Administration HospitalLittle RockUSA

Personalised recommendations