Boerhaave's syndrome


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to Boerhaave's syndrome: pneumomediastinum

Boerhaave's syndrome

(bo͝or′hä′vəz) or

Boerhaave syndrome

(-və)
n.
Complete and spontaneous rupture of the lower esophagus.

Boerhaave's syndrome

[bôr′hävz]
Etymology: Hermann Boerhaave, Dutch physician, 1668-1738
a condition marked by spontaneous rupture of the esophagus, usually preceded by severe vomiting, leading to mediastinitis and pleural effusion. Clinical manifestations are violent retching or vomiting. Emergency care with surgery and drainage is needed to save the life of the patient.
References in periodicals archive ?
The diagnosis of Boerhaave's syndrome is made primarily from clinical presentation and radiographic evidence.
Salo reported his experience with Boerhaave's syndrome over a three-decade period.
Boerhaave's syndrome is a rare form of esophageal perforation with a potentially complex presentation mimicking a variety of disorders.