CT features of esophageal emergencies

Catherine A. Young, Christine O. Menias, Sanjeev Bhalla, Srinivasa R. Prasad

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Esophageal emergencies-primarily, perforation and conditions with the potential to progress to perforation-result in significant morbidity and mortality if they are not recognized and treated promptly. The spectrum of esophageal emergencies includes esophagitis, foreign body impaction, and traumatic esophageal injury. Because there is considerable variability in the clinical manifestations of emergent esophageal conditions, computed tomography (CT) may play both primary and complementary roles in their diagnosis and evaluation. An awareness of the CT findings associated with the spectrum of acute esophageal disease facilitates the accurate and prompt diagnosis of esophageal emergencies and thereby contributes to a more successful outcome.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1541-1553
Number of pages13
Issue number6
StatePublished - Oct 2008


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