WILLIAM E. PHILIP; JOHN COMER
The designation of spontaneous rupture of the esophagus has been given to an esophageal rent which could not be explained by preëxisting pathology such as congenital anomalies, inflammation, trauma, neoplasmas, diverticuli, ulcerations in esophageal or ectopic gastric mucosa, or aneurysms. As judged by the number of cases in the literature, the occurrence of spontaneous rupture is exceedingly rare. Since the first case was described by Boerhaave in 1724, approximately 70 have been reported. Within the last few years, however, attention has been focused on this syndrome, more cases have been recognized, excellent reviews by Barrett,1 Eliason and Welty,6 and Kinsella
PHILIP WE, COMER J. SPONTANEOUS RUPTURE OF THE ESOPHAGUS: REPORT OF TWO CASES1. Ann Intern Med. 1951;34:1258–1264. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-34-5-1258
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1951;34(5):1258-1264.
Esophageal Disorders, Gastroenterology/Hepatology.
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