TIBOR BÓDI, M.D.; HERBERT FANGER, M.D.; THOMAS FORSYTHE, M.D.
Spontaneous rupture of the esophagus, although rare, is a long recognized and well established clinical entity. Having recently observed three cases, we became interested in studying the mechanism by which this phenomenon is produced. We attempted to reproduce esophageal rupture by means of hydrostatic pressure applied intraluminally to the esophagi of cadavers. Use of a radiopaque suspension within the esophagus enabled us to study the changes in outline of the esophagus by fluoroscopy. Linear ruptures of the esophagus similar to those which occur spontaneously were consistently produced in the lower left lateral aspect.
There are well documented series of experimentally
BÓDI T, FANGER H, FORSYTHE T. SPONTANEOUS RUPTURE OF ESOPHAGUS1. Ann Intern Med. ;41:553–562. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-41-3-553
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