Ventral diaphragmatic hernia

Case contributed by Dr Nolan Walker


Productive cough

Patient Data

Age: 79
Gender: Male

Smooth-contoured mass at the right base, with loss of the right heart border.


Right anterior diaphragmatic hernia, containing fat and a small pocket of fluid.

Case Discussion

The appearances of a ventral diaphragmatic hernia are variable.

In this case the mass is smooth-contoured, with loss of the right heart border. The right hemidiaphragm is clearly visible. These signs locate the mass to the anterior and middle mediastinum.

The mass is less radiopaque than most of the surrounding soft tissue, suggesting that it may contain a large quantity of fat. There are no visible loops of bowel contained within the hernia.

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Case information

rID: 33995
Published: 1st Feb 2015
Last edited: 16th Aug 2019
System: Chest
Tag: hernia, crop
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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