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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 335-338

Paediatric Boerhaave's syndrome: a rare but crucial diagnosis

1 Department of Otolaryngology, KIMS Al Shifa Hospital Pvt Ltd, Perinthalmanna, Kerala, India
2 Department of Paediatrics, KIMS Al Shifa Hospital Pvt Ltd, Perinthalmanna, Kerala, India
3 Department of Pulmonary Medicine, KIMS Al Shifa Hospital Pvt Ltd, Perinthalmanna, Kerala, India

Correspondence Address:
Abdul W Mohammed
Department of Surgery, College of Medicine, King Faisal University, P.O Box 400 Al Ahsa 31982, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1012-5574.192551

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Boerhaave's syndrome is typically seen in middle-aged male population. We report a case of a child who presented with sudden onset of left-sided oedema of the face and periorbital region. The child had a history of fever and throat pain, which started a day prior to the onset of swelling. On examination, the child had crepitus over the swelling on the left side of the face. Radiology showed pneumomediastinum and pneumothorax, and were treated with chest tube insertion. We present this case because of its rarity, unique presentation and need for prompt diagnosis, and discuss the literature.

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