Marianne Mustafa, MD

Mercy Defiance Hospital


Boerhaave Syndrome

September 14, 2005

An 85-year-old white woman was brought to the emergency department (ED) with acute, severe left posterolateral chest wall pain of several hours' duration. The nonradiating pain was accompanied by shortness of breath. She denied palpitations, diaphoresis, syncope, or dizziness.