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Chest. 1992 Sep;102(3):976-8.

Diagnostic value of pleural fluid cytology in occult Boerhaave's syndrome.

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Department of Medicine, St. Joseph's Hospital, Phoenix 85013.

Abstract

When Boerhaave's syndrome presents with atypical clinical features and eludes prompt diagnosis, delays in surgical therapy increase complications and mortality. We present a patient with occult Boerhaave's syndrome who had nondiagnostic esophageal contrast studies and thoracic computed tomography. Pleural fluid cytologic analysis established the presence of esophageal rupture by detecting undigested food particles.

PMID:
1516443
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