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Esophageal Perforation After Failed Prehospital Intubation

  • Author(s): Pomeranz, Kaila
  • Mohr, Nicholas
  • et al.

Esophageal perforation is a rare condition with high rates of mortality if not recognized quickly. This is a case of a 67-year-old male with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He had one failed intubation attempt prior to arrival. On post-mortem autopsy it was discovered that in addition to significant head trauma, he also had an esophageal and gastric rupture.

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