Misdiagnosis of diaphragmatic rupture in a trauma setting

  • A L C Jones Ngwelezana Hospital, KwaZulu-Natal
  • I Thirsk Ngwelezana Hospital, KwaZulu-Natal
Keywords: Diaphragm, blunt, penetrating, rupture, eventration, trauma, haemothorax, hernia, perforation


Distinguishing diaphragmatic eventration from rupture in the trauma setting can be a considerable challenge. We present a case involving a man suffering from chest pain and with a raised left hemidiaphragm on the chest radiograph after a motor vehicle injury. A review of the literature discusses the use of imaging modalities and subsequent surgical diagnostic procedures in the face of uncertainty.
How to Cite
Jones, A., & Thirsk, I. (2012). Misdiagnosis of diaphragmatic rupture in a trauma setting. South African Journal of Surgery, 50(3), 93-94. https://doi.org/10.7196/sajs.1143
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