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

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


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
Published: 1st Mar 2013
Last edited: 16th Jul 2018
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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