Intercostal lung herniation

Case contributed by Dr Domenico Nicoletti


Incidental finding after old trauma to the left hemithorax.

Patient Data

Age: 65
Gender: Male

Herniation of the lung parenchyma and torn pleura secondary to old rib fractures and muscle injury. 

The "true" pulmonary hernia is the herniation of lung parenchyma in a chest wall defect secondary to fractures and muscle injury with reduction of the herniated lung.

Case Discussion

A diagnosis of intercostal lung herniation was made. 


  • Dr. Lucia Braccaioli
  • Fabius Imola (radiographer)
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Case information

rID: 32352
Published: 23rd Nov 2014
Last edited: 18th Dec 2015
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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