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is it possible that a person survive a ruptured esophagus due to an eating disorder?

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Dr. Evan Altman
Psychiatry 19 years experience
Serious problem: A ruptured esophagus, also called boerhaave's syndrome, is a life-threatening and often fatal problem that occurs due to excessive vomiting. Patients who self-induce vomiting/purging are at risk. This is not the same as a laceration or mallory-weis tear. Without treatment boerhaave's syndrome is almost always fatal.

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When does eating disorder cause ruptured esophagus?

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Eating DO: Inflammation of esophagus can occur with frequent self-induced vomiting or chronic cases but rupture is rare.

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