An 82-year-old male with a past medical history significant for coronary artery disease with three stents placed over the last 15 months, diastolic heart failure with preserved EF, atrial fibrillation on warfarin, colon cancer status-post sigmoid resection and prostate cancer status-post prostatectomy who presented with three episodes of melena, hematemesis, and weakness. The patient was in his usual state of health prior to these symptoms. He had no history of gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding or other GI pathology and was a non-drinker and non-smoker. He denied frequent use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications.
Garrett, MD, Andrew; Nguyen, MD, Marie; Wilde, MD, Lindsay; Toscano, MD, Andrew; Pancari, MD, Philip; and Lerner, MD, Andrew
"Hematemesis, a Distended Abdomen, and Pulseless Electrical Activity – An Unusual Presentation of Boerhaave’s Syndrome,"
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