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How is a torn esophagus treated?

How is a torn esophagus treated?

Emergently: In most cases a torn esophagus is an emergency (if perforated) b/c of the connection to the mediastinum where the heart and other important structures live. Concern is for bacteria or stomach contents to enter into that space and causing inflammatory reactions and infection. Thoracic and in some cases ENT surgeon would be involved in treatment. ...Read more

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Esophagus (Definition)

This is the muscular structure built like a tube that connects your throat to the stomach though which food ...Read more


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What can cause a torn esophagus?

What can cause a torn esophagus?

Many things: Spontaneous rupture can be caused by vomiting. Other causes are iatrogenic, or caused by accidental instrumentation, such as endoscopy. ...Read more

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What do I do to fix a torn esophagus?

What do I do to fix a torn esophagus?

Surgery ASAP!!!!!: A true torn or ruptured esophagus is a surgical emergency as food and saliva can leak into the chest cavity. It usually needs immediate surgery to avoid a very nasty, life threatening infection. ...Read more

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How is a torn esophagus detected and fixed?

How is a torn esophagus detected and fixed?

Imaging / Surgey: Detected most commonly with ct scan though other testing may detect it. It can at times heal on its own but others may require surgery. ...Read more

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Can you get a torn esophagus or worse, in a car accident?

Can you get a torn esophagus or worse, in a car accident?

Yes: You can rupture your esophagus in a car accident, but the forces required to do this usually produce other serious to mortal injuries at the same time. These injuries include rib fractures, collapsed lungs, torn aorta, and lung contusions. Fortunately modern air bags, seat belts, and car designs have reduced the number of these serious injuries significantly. ...Read more

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Can not chewing well & swallowing food tear esophagus? Chest hurt when swallowing cookie. Afterwards no symptoms, but can it be torn asymptomatically?

Can not chewing well & swallowing food tear esophagus? Chest hurt when swallowing cookie. Afterwards no symptoms, but can it be torn asymptomatically?

Unlikely: A complete tear of the esophagus from normal food would be very unlikely, and you'd know it if it happened (think lots of blood and pain). Esophageal stasis is a condition where normal motility in the esophagus is decreased, leading to pain and difficulty swallowing. The swallowing of hard crunchy foods can cause superficial but painful scratches to the lining of the esophagus. ...Read more

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Blood while purging. Could it be tear in esophagus?

Blood while purging. Could it be tear in esophagus?

Possibly.: It depends on the circumstances surrounding your so called purge. If you had been drinking, this could easily be a poswsible mallory weiss tear, where the lining of your esophagus and stomach are torn from binge drinking and wretching vomiting. If you ate a lot of food it could still be there but less likely. At any rate, you should go see a doctor real soon. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how the tear in Esophagus can be diagnosed and who is the specialist to see, GI or ENT?

Can you tell me how the tear in Esophagus can be diagnosed and who is the specialist to see, GI or ENT?

Depends on: location. Endoscopy or CT scan is probably most productive. If the tear is at the junction between stomach and esophagus, the usual location, then GI. If it is in the neck or throat, probably ENT. ...Read more

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Can Barium Swallow Test diagnose SMALL tear in Esophagus? How much mSV radiation do you get from this test? I''m not getting straight forward answers.

Can Barium Swallow Test diagnose SMALL tear in Esophagus? How much mSV radiation do you get from this test? I''m not getting straight forward answers.

No diagnostic: test, including Barium Swallow, is 100%. There are always false negatives. Amount of radiation depends on how many seconds of fluoroscopy is used during the exam. Tears in the esophagus, if full thickness, manifest as mediastinitis within several hours. If partial thickness, it can cause hemorrhage. Sounds like you have neither. Ask your doctor if you really need this test. ...Read more