J Korean Soc Emerg Med.  2015 Oct;26(5):483-486. 10.0000/jksem.2015.26.5.483.

Primary Repair of Spontaneous Intramural Esophageal Dissection: A Case Report

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  • 1Department of Emergency Medicine, Inje University Haeundae Paik Hospital, Busan, Korea. erdoc74@gmail.com
  • 2Department of Emergency Medicine, Dong-A University Hospital, Busan, Korea.

Abstract

Intramural esophageal dissection (IED) is a laceration between the mucosal and submucosal layers without perforation. Spontaneous IED is relatively common in elderly female patients on anticoagulation medication, while secondary IED is associated with endoscopic procedures or foreign body impaction. Although conservative management is regarded as the primary treatment for IED, there are several reported cases treated by endoscopic intervention or esophagectomy. We experienced rare spontaneous IED in a young male patient who was treated exclusively with primary repair of the esophagus. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first case report in which the patient recovered completely with only primary repair.

Keyword

Esophagus; Dissection; Endoscopy; Esophagectomy
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