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Surgical management of esophageal perforation

Daniel P Raymond, MD
Carolyn Jones, MD
Section Editor
Joseph S Friedberg, MD
Deputy Editor
Wenliang Chen, MD, PhD


Esophageal perforation is a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge because of the rarity of the condition and the variability in presentation. Surgical management is primarily based upon small retrospective studies and expert opinion.

The following basic principles are applied to the management of a patient with an esophageal perforation:

Rapid diagnosis

Appropriate hemodynamic monitoring and support

Antibiotic therapy

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