Ruptured left hemidiaphragm

Case contributed by Dr John Grieve


Head on collision. ETT and ICC inserted by emergency services. Pulse, BP stable before transfer to radiology.

Patient Data

Age: 50 years
Gender: Male
Modality: X-ray

ETT and left ICC noted. Extensive left sided opacity. Loss of normal left hemidiaphragm silhouette. 

Modality: CT

Left diaphragmatic rupture with herniation of abdominal contents into the thoracic cavity. Left pneumothorax and partial left lung collapse. 

Case Discussion

Chest trauma following a road traffic accident with respiratory compromise and significant intra-thoracic injury.

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Case Information

rID: 21963
Case created: 1st Mar 2013
Last edited: 19th Nov 2015
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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