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Oesophageal perforation: a rare complication of minor blunt trauma.
  1. G L Cumberbatch,
  2. M Reichl
  1. Poole Hospital NHS Trust, Poole, Dorset, United Kingdom.


    Oesophageal perforation following blunt trauma is rare and accounts for less than 10% of all oesophageal ruptures. Review of published reports revealed only two cases of isolated oesophageal perforation after minor blunt trauma, and these were as a direct result of the Heimlich manoeuvre. This paper describes a case of perforation of the oesophagus as an isolated injury following blunt minor trauma.

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