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Mechanism of Esophageal Rupture
A series of images illustrate the normal anatomy of the esophagus and mediastinum from a side cut-away view, the pre-esophagogram condition to highlight the location of the large bolus of food that was known to be lodged in the patient's esophagus, the pre-rupture condition as the contrast begins to expand within the esophagus and the fatal post-rupture condition as the contrast is spilling into the mediastinum.