Cervical esophageal perforation and cricopharyngeal dysfunction

W. Brian Helton, Raman Unnikrishnan, Thomas Gal

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Spontaneous perforation of the esophagus is an uncommon event; when it does occur, it usually affects the thoracic esophagus. We present a rare and fatal case of spontaneous perforation of the cervical esophagus in a 68-year-old woman. We believe this rupture was related to a proximal outlet obstruction secondary to cricopharyngeal muscle dysfunction.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEar, Nose and Throat Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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