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What causes holes to tear in the esophagus?

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Dr. Jason Hemming
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Rare

Esophageal perforations are not common.
It can occur in the setting of excessive vomiting or retching. Also possible with a prolonged food impaction or even severe pill esophagitis.

In brief: Rare

Esophageal perforations are not common.
It can occur in the setting of excessive vomiting or retching. Also possible with a prolonged food impaction or even severe pill esophagitis.
Dr. Jason Hemming
Dr. Jason Hemming
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Dr. Ryan Stanton
Emergency Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Multiple causes

This can be caused by retching(forceful vomiting), foreign bodies(bones, etc), ulcerations, cancer, etc.
The most common cause is forceful retching.

In brief: Multiple causes

This can be caused by retching(forceful vomiting), foreign bodies(bones, etc), ulcerations, cancer, etc.
The most common cause is forceful retching.
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Dr. Thomas Namey
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology

In brief: Lye

Naoh, or lye ingestion will do a good job, as will a gun projectile moving at 1000fps!

In brief: Lye

Naoh, or lye ingestion will do a good job, as will a gun projectile moving at 1000fps!
Dr. Thomas Namey
Dr. Thomas Namey
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Dr. Isaac Raijman
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology

In brief: Many causes

There are many possibilities.
Anywhere from ingesting some foods, bones, pointy objects, severe vomiting, etc.

In brief: Many causes

There are many possibilities.
Anywhere from ingesting some foods, bones, pointy objects, severe vomiting, etc.
Dr. Isaac Raijman
Dr. Isaac Raijman
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