Tension pyopneumothorax. Rare presentation of ruptured Barrett's esophagus

Chest. 1993 May;103(5):1604-6. doi: 10.1378/chest.103.5.1604.


Tension pneumothorax following esophageal rupture is very rare. We report a case in which a perforated Barrett's esophagus rapidly developed a spontaneous tension pyopneumothorax. The mechanism for the tension remains obscure. Knowing that a tension pneumothorax can occur with esophageal rupture can help prevent misdiagnosis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Barrett Esophagus / complications*
  • Barrett Esophagus / diagnostic imaging
  • Empyema, Pleural / diagnostic imaging
  • Empyema, Pleural / etiology*
  • Esophageal Perforation / complications*
  • Esophageal Perforation / diagnostic imaging
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed