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Oesophageal rupture arising as a complication of acute appendicitis in a child

Kenneth Wong and Gerard Roy
Med J Aust 2006; 184 (11): 588.
Published online: 5 June 2006

To the Editor: Boerhaave’s syndrome is a rare condition in which increased intra-oesophageal pressure associated with forceful vomiting leads to spontaneous oesophageal rupture. Although the condition mostly affects middle-aged men,1 we present here a case arising as a complication of appendicitis in a child.

  • Kenneth Wong
  • Gerard Roy

  • John Hunter Children’s Hospital, Newcastle, NSW.

Correspondence: kennethwo@yahoo.com

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