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Spontaneous rupture of the oesophagus
  1. R. A. Härmä,
  2. Y. O. Koskinen,
  3. S. O. Suurkari
  1. Central Hospital, Kuopio, Finland

    Endoscopic treatment in the primary stage


    A case of spontaneous rupture of the oesophagus occurring in the right wall of the midoesophagus is reported. The treatment, conservative in the primary stage of the disease, is described. This consisted of per-oesophageal drainage of the mediastinum, effected endoscopically. In spite of complications—an empyema in the right pleura and an oesophagocutaneous fistula—the treatment was successful, resulting in a complete cure about two years after the accident. The patient has remained in good health since then.

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