The esophagus connects the throat to the stomach, allowing food to pass into the digestive system. Though fairly uncommon, a ruptured esophagus is a life-threatening emergency requiring urgent surgical repair if the patient is to survive. This condition can be caused by violent vomiting, surgical mistakes when inserting medical devices, or injury that causes a posterior dislocation of the joint connecting the clavicle to the sternum.
A ruptured esophagus can lead to massive internal infection, pleural effusion (fluid collection around the lungs), and death. The condition requires an immediate medical response. Any delay or failure to provide the appropriate standard of care could be grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit. Contact our lawyers to learn more about your legal rights.