Intrathoracic gastric balloon: Radiographic recognition of esophageal perforation
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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 wordsSengstaken-Blakemore tube, esophageal perforation Esophageal varices, complications of treatment
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