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  1. Kincaid, Kyle DNP, RN, ENP, FNP-BC
  2. Ramirez, Elda G. PhD, RN, FNP-BC, FAANP


Boerhaave syndrome is a rarely occurring condition with a high mortality rate if not diagnosed in a timely manner. Patients with this condition complain primarily of chest pain, and practitioners should consider esophageal rupture as a differential diagnosis during the initial diagnostic evaluation. Most treatment modalities have been derived from case studies, as there are no published reports on randomized controlled trials specifically dedicated to the treatment of Boerhaave syndrome. This case presentation includes the pathophysiology of esophageal rupture and the management pathways that have been shown to be successful based on current literature.