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Describe the disorder called a tear in the food pipe (esophagus).?

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Dr. Valentin Drezaliu answered

Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Esophageal tear: Esophageal lesions form a broad chapter. Can be either caused by infections: candida, herpes in immunosupressed people, or after vomiting with a full stomach after eating solid foods.The last one is particulary dangerous because it can lead to complete laceration of the esophagus a life threatening complication.Sometimes acid reflux can cause lesions on esophagus as well.

Answered 1/16/2016

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Dr. Michael Zadeh answered

Specializes in General Surgery

Perforated Esophagus: To be brief, these days the most common cause of an esophageal tear or perforation is as an accidental occurrence during the performance of upper endoscopies. Small contained tears can be treated non-operatively, however if the tear is large and discovered late it can be life threatening and surgical repair is often accompanied by complications prolonging recovery.

Answered 7/20/2012

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Dr. Frederick Shieh answered

Specializes in Gastroenterology

Several causes: There can be several causes for a tear. If no history of foreign instrumentation, tears can be caused by vomiting repeatedly causing trauma to the esophagus. Swallowing toxic liquids , reflux, or certain pills getting stuck can cause ulcers as well.

Answered 2/19/2017

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