A 53-year-old man was referred to our hospital with Boerhaave's syndrome. Thirty hours after onset, a left thoracoscopic operation was performed, with carbon dioxide pneumothorax and the patient in right semi-prone position. The thoracic cavity was copiously irrigated with physiological saline and a 4-cm longitudinal rupture was identified on the left side of the lower esophagus. The esophageal injury was repaired in 2 layers by using barbed absorbable suture material. The patient was allowed oral feeds after contrast esophagography confirmed the absence of contrast leak at the sutured site on postoperative day 7, and discharged by day 28. Suturing of the ruptured esophagus under thoracoscopic guidance is considered to be difficult and requires expertise. This case report demonstrates that the use of a barbed suture material simplifies thoracoscopic esophageal repair and also highlights the importance of pneumothorax and patient position in improving access to the esophagus.
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