Quality-of-life study on four patients who underwent esophageal resection and delayed reconstruction for Boerhaave's syndrome

Varghese, D.; Patel, H.; Waters, R.; Dickson, G.H.
December 2000
Diseases of the Esophagus;Dec2000, Vol. 13 Issue 4, p314
Academic Journal
Boerhaave's syndrome is the condition of spontaneous rupture of the esophagus as a consequence of the strain of emesis with or without predisposing esophageal disease. It is a condition with high mortality. We describe four patients who underwent a transthoracic esophagectomy to remove the rupture of the intrathoracic esophagus, closure of the esophageal gastric junction, fashioning of a feeding gastrostomy, and formation of a left cervical esophagostomy. Three patients underwent reconstruction with subcutaneous colon. We suggest that this method of management may be considered where primary repair is impossible in those patients too ill for prolonged reconstruction or as a salvage procedure where other methods have failed. The poor quality of life after esophagectomy is improved by reconstruction. Other surgical options include covering the repaired opening with a circumferential wrap of pleura, chest wall muscle, or omentum or closing the repair around a T-tube of large caliber. Esophageal exclusion using absorbable staples is another approach.


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