Esophageal perforation in the neonate. A review of the literature

Am J Dis Child. 1976 Mar;130(3):325-9. doi: 10.1001/archpedi.1976.02120040103020.


The clinical and roentgenographic findings in traumatic esophageal perforation in the newborn are specific enough to enable a diagnosis to be made rapidly. A case of this entity is discussed and the literature on this subject is reviewed. This case demonstrates that the diagnosis can be strongly suspected from the findings on the chest roentgenogram and confirmed by performing an esophagram.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Esophageal Perforation / diagnostic imaging*
  • Esophageal Perforation / etiology
  • Esophageal Perforation / therapy
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infant, Newborn, Diseases / diagnostic imaging*
  • Intubation, Gastrointestinal / adverse effects
  • Intubation, Intratracheal
  • Pneumothorax / diagnostic imaging
  • Radiography
  • Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Newborn / therapy
  • Rupture, Spontaneous / diagnostic imaging