Esophageal perforations: the role of computerized tomography in diagnosis and management decisions

Laryngoscope. 1986 Jul;96(7):751-7. doi: 10.1288/00005537-198607000-00010.


External drainage is indicated when a neck abscess results from esophageal or hypopharyngeal perforation. Diagnosis, extent of disease, and timing of abscess drainage have traditionally challenged the surgeon in management of the perforated esophagus or hypopharynx. Diagnosis and management decisions are enhanced by use of computerized tomography (CT) as an adjunctive study. Five specific case presentations feature diagnosis and management.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Abscess / diagnostic imaging
  • Abscess / etiology
  • Abscess / surgery
  • Adult
  • Esophageal Perforation / diagnostic imaging*
  • Esophageal Perforation / etiology
  • Esophageal Perforation / surgery
  • Esophagoscopy / adverse effects
  • Female
  • Foreign Bodies / complications
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neck / diagnostic imaging
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed