Delayed post traumatic diaphragmatic herniation

Discussion:

Post- traumatic diaphragmatic hernia is not an uncommon sequel. But lack of awareness of this condition may delay diagnosis and result in life-threatening complications.

CT scan is regarded as the investigative tool of choice but some prefer barium studies in delayed cases of diaphragmatic hernia.

Chest x-ray and sonography of the chest and abdomen may also help in arriving at a diagnosis. An awareness of the condition assisted by the radiological investigations will lead to an early diagnosis and treatment which ultimately helps in managing the patients with diaphragmatic hernias better.

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