Chest Surgery pp 381-388 | Cite as

Boerhaave’s Syndrome

  • Gereon Gäbelein
  • Christoph Benckert
  • Uwe Eichfeld
  • Sven JonasEmail author
Part of the Springer Surgery Atlas Series book series (SPRISURGERY)


Boerhaave’s syndrome describes a spontaneous rupture of the distal esophagial wall due to a sudden increase in intraesophageal pressure caused by forceful retching and vomiting. It is associated with a high risk of severe complications and mortality. Fast diagnosis and early surgical treatment combined with radiological interventions when indicated offer the best chance for a satisfactory outcome. The approach and extent of surgery must be planned according to the location of the lesion, the time interval, and the region of expected infection.


Esophageal Perforation Spontaneous Rupture Subcutaneous Emphysema Esophageal Wall Early Surgical Treatment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gereon Gäbelein
    • 1
  • Christoph Benckert
    • 2
  • Uwe Eichfeld
    • 1
  • Sven Jonas
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Visceral, Transplantation, Thoracic and Vascular SurgeryUniversity Hospital of LeipzigLeipzigGermany
  2. 2.Clinic for General, Visceral and Vascular SurgeryUniversity Clinic MagdeburgMagdeburgGermany

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