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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: Unless it is inadvertent placed down the esophagus. ...Read more
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
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
Can you tell me how the tear in Esophagus can be diagnosed and who is the specialist to see, GI or ENT?
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