Diaphrgmatic rupture

Case contributed by Dr Dalia Ibrahim


History of chest trauma 1 year ago and left sided hemothorax which had been treated. Now the patient complains of dyspnea.

Patient Data

Age: 45-year-old
Gender: Male

Large defect is seen along the anterolateral aspect of the left diphragmatic copula which measures about 1.9 cm along its maximum transverse diameter and 1.8 cm along its anteroposterior diameter with subsequent herniation of peritoneal fat into the left hemithorax and anterior mediastinum.

Case Discussion

Diaphragmatic rupture often results from blunt abdominal trauma, which is usually associated with motor-vehicle accidents. The primary differential is a diaphragmatic hernia

Special thanks to Dr Mona Fouad, Kasr Al Ainy medical school.

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Case information

rID: 47107
Published: 1st Aug 2016
Last edited: 10th Jan 2019
System: Chest, Trauma
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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