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BRAGHETTO M, Italo; RODRIGUEZ N, Alberto; CSENDES J, Attila  and  KORN B, Owen. An update on esophageal perforation. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2005, vol.133, n.10, pp.1233-1241. ISSN 0034-9887.

Esophageal perforation is a complicated clinical entity that demands a high level of diagnostic and therapeutic skills. The management alternatives vary from conservative treatment to esophagectomy, including primary suture and esophageal exclusion. This paper is a review of the literature and personal experience with this condition, focusing on etiology, clinical presentation, diagnostic workout, treatment, complications and mortality. Finally, we propose a management algorithm (Rev Méd Chile 2005; 133: 1233-41)

Keywords : Digestive system; Esophagoscopy; Esophageal perforation.

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