Current Medical Issues

: 2019  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 47--48

Posttraumatic diaphragmatic hernia

Joseph Joshua Vijay, Kundavaram Paul Prabhakar Abhilash 
 Department of Emergency Medicine, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. Joseph Joshua Vijay
Department of Emergency Medicine, Christian Medical College, Vellore - 632 004, Tamil Nadu

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Vijay JJ, Prabhakar Abhilash KP. Posttraumatic diaphragmatic hernia.Curr Med Issues 2019;17:47-48

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Vijay JJ, Prabhakar Abhilash KP. Posttraumatic diaphragmatic hernia. Curr Med Issues [serial online] 2019 [cited 2023 May 29 ];17:47-48
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A 38-year-old gentleman presented to our emergency department (ED) with complaints of abdominal pain, breathlessness, fever, and inability to pass stools and flatus for the past 3 days.

Five months back, he had a history of blunt trauma to the left side of the chest sustaining rib fractures which was managed conservatively.

On arrival to ED, he was alert, conscious, and oriented with a heart rate of 110/min, blood pressure of 90/60 mmHg, and respiratory rate of 36/min and holding a room air saturation of 90%.

On inspection, he had decreased movement of the left-sided chest wall compared to the right side. Trachea was deviated to the right, and on percussion, dullness was heard on the left side. On auscultation, breath sounds were absent on the left side. Normal vesical breath sounds were heard on the right side.

Abdomen was scaphoid; tenderness was present over the epigastric region and left hypochondrium. Other systemic examinations were not significant.

Shown here is the X-ray [Figure 1].{Figure 1}


What is your diagnosis?


X-ray chest showed features of:

Distortion of the diaphragmatic marginElevated hemi-diaphragm; left more than rightBowel loops in the lung field.[1]

Computed tomography of the thorax and abdomen showed features suggestive of:

Left sided diaphragmatic hernia with a gastric volvulusPart of the transverse colon herniating into the left hemithorax causing compressive atelectasis of the left lower and upper lobes causing mediastinal shift.

No evident gastric wall pneumatosis, free air under the diaphragm, or free fluid in the hernia sac was observed. The nasogastric tube is noted to reach up to the gastroesophageal junction.

Diagnosis is diaphragmatic hernia posttraumatic.

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