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A 28-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: ruptured food pipe?

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Dr. Andres Katz
Surgery - Vascular 50 years experience
Ruptured esophagus: Term usually applies to ruptured esophagus, mostly iatrogenic.
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Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Esophagus injury?: I am assuming mean the esophagus which is the muscular tube which delivers food from the mouth to the stomach. It lies behind the heart and lungs along the spine. The esophagus can tear after severe episode of vomiting. Also by injury either swallowing something sharp or caustic, and by blunt force trauma occasionally. It needs emergent medical attention to hopefully avoid debilitating surgery.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of a ruptured food pipe?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Not sure...: ...What you mean by that. Ruptures of the esophagus are uncommon, usually caused by trauma or caustic ingestion of some sort, and present as severe chest pain, much worse when eating, drinking, or breathing. They are a dire surgical emergency.
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