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Medical Term:

Boerhaave syndrome

Pronunciation: bur'hah-ve

Definition: rupture of the esophagus caused by increased intraluminal pressure and distention during retching or vomiting; results in mediastinitis. The rupture most often occurs in the left pleural space.

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