Spontaneous Esophageal Perforation in a Patient with Mixed Connective Tissue Disease
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2011
First Page: 138
Last Page: 143
Publisher Id: TORJ-5-138
Article History:Received Date: 19/8/2011
Revision Received Date: 28/10/2011
Acceptance Date: 31/10/2011
Electronic publication date: 30/12/2011
Collection year: 2011
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Spontaneous esophageal perforation is a rare and life-threatening disorder. Failure to diagnosis within the first 24-48 hours of presentation portends a poor prognosis. A patient with mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD) on low-dose prednisone and methotrexate presented moribund with chest and shoulder pain, a left hydropneumothorax, progressive respiratory failure and shock. Initial management focussed on presumed community acquired pneumonia (CAP) in a patient on immunosuppressants. Bilateral yeast empyemas were treated and attributed to immunosuppression. On day 26, the patient developed mediastinitis, and the diagnosis of esophageal perforation was first considered. A review of the literature suggests that the diagnosis and management of spontaneous esophageal perforation could have been more timely and the outcome less catastrophic.