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J Emerg Med. 2008 Jan;34(1):49-53. Epub 2007 Aug 29.

Delayed presentation of thoracic esophageal perforation after blunt trauma.

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  • 1Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio 45267-0769, USA.


Thoracic esophageal perforation after blunt trauma is a rare injury with high mortality. Prompt recognition and aggressive treatment are paramount to survival. We report a case of delayed presentation that emphasizes the diagnostic difficulties in this traumatic injury. A review of the prevalence, diagnosis, and management is also discussed.

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