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World Journal of Emergency Surgery

, 3:20

First Online: 12 July 2008Received: 19 March 2008Accepted: 12 July 2008


Diaphragmatic rupture due to trauma is both well recognised and uncommon. The difficulties in diagnosing traumatic diaphragmatic rupture at the first admission are the most common causes of latent morbidity and mortality. Herniation of the abdominal viscera is the most common sequel with strangulation and perforation the most serious complication. This case outlines the delayed presentation of diaphragmatic rupture and herniation presenting as an acute tension faecopneumothorax. We review the relevant literature, with particular emphasis on the difficulties in diagnosis at presentation.

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Autor: J Kelly - ET Condon - WO Kirwan - HP Redmond


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