Post-traumatic diaphragmatic rupture

Case contributed by Rahmoun Fateh
Diagnosis almost certain


Chest pain following motor-vehicle accident.

Patient Data

Age: 50 years
Gender: Male

Focal defect in the posterior left diaphragm with diaphragmatic elevation and irregularity. There is herniation of omentum into the chest through the diaphragmatic defect. The findings are in keeping with diaphragmatic rupture.

Case Discussion

Diaphragmatic rupture often results from blunt abdominal trauma which is usually associated with motor-vehicle accidents.

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