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J Accid Emerg Med. 1996 July; 13(4): 295–296.
PMCID: PMC1342743

Oesophageal perforation: a rare complication of minor blunt trauma.


Oesophageal perforation following blunt trauma is rare and accounts for less than 10% of all oesophageal ruptures. Review of published reports revealed only two cases of isolated oesophageal perforation after minor blunt trauma, and these were as a direct result of the Heimlich manoeuvre. This paper describes a case of perforation of the oesophagus as an isolated injury following blunt minor trauma.

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  • Meredith MJ, Liebowitz R. Rupture of the esophagus caused by the Heimlich maneuver. Ann Emerg Med. 1986 Jan;15(1):106–107. [PubMed]
  • Beal SL, Pottmeyer EW, Spisso JM. Esophageal perforation following external blunt trauma. J Trauma. 1988 Oct;28(10):1425–1432. [PubMed]

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