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

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Dr. Frederick Shieh
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Frederick Shieh
Dr. Frederick Shieh
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Dr. Valentin Drezaliu
Obstetrics & Gynecology
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Valentin Drezaliu
Dr. Valentin Drezaliu
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2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Michael Zadeh
Dr. Michael Zadeh
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