Chapter 18. Esophageal Perforation

  1. Tony C. K. Tham MD, FRCP, FRCPI Consultant Gastroenterologist Head of School of Medicine2,3,
  2. John S. A. Collins MD Consultant Gastroenterologist4 and
  3. Roy M. Soetikno MD, MS Chief Associate Professor5,6
  1. Peter D. Siersema MD, PhD Professor of Gastroenterology Chief

Published Online: 9 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444303292.ch18

Gastrointestinal Emergencies, Second Edition

Gastrointestinal Emergencies, Second Edition

How to Cite

Siersema, P. D. (2008) Esophageal Perforation, in Gastrointestinal Emergencies, Second Edition (eds T. C. K. Tham, J. S. A. Collins and R. M. Soetikno), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444303292.ch18

Editor Information

  1. 2

    The Ulster Hospital, Dundonald, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

  2. 3

    Northern Ireland deanery, UK

  3. 4

    Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

  4. 5

    GI Section, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, USA

  5. 6

    Stanford University, USA

Author Information

  1. Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, University Medical Center, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 28 NOV 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405146340

Online ISBN: 9781444303292



  • esophageal perforation;
  • clinical presentation;
  • diagnosis of esophageal perforation;
  • causes of esophageal perforation;
  • barium swallow showing perforation in distal esophagus;
  • management of esophageal perforation;
  • endoscopic sealants;
  • endoclips;
  • endoscopic therapy - attractive modality for esophageal perforation


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Clinical presentation

  • Diagnosis

  • Etiology

  • Examination

  • Investigations

  • Management

  • Summary

  • Future developments

  • References