Spontaneous perforation of an oesophageal diverticulum in achalasia

P. Cantù, A. Bozzani, R. Penagini

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Abstract

Spontaneous perforation of the oesophagus is a rare occurrence that is usually due to vomiting and is seldom associated with an oesophageal lesion. We report a case of the spontaneous perforation of a large oesophageal diverticulum not preceded by any precipitating event in a 75-year-old male who was not known to have achalasia. The diverticulum was repaired by emergency surgery. Achalasia was later diagnosed and successfully treated with botulin toxin injection. Surgery decision-making and the treatment of achalasia are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)735-737
Number of pages3
JournalDigestive and Liver Disease
Volume35
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2003

Keywords

  • Achalasia
  • Oesophageal diverticulum
  • Spontaneous perforation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology

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