Delayed enterothorax and hepatothorax due to missed right-sided traumatic diaphragmatic rupture

GÜNER A., Bekar Y., Keçe C., Kahraman i., Sezer C., Reis E.

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF EMERGENCY MEDICINE, vol.30, no.1, 2012 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier


Traumatic diaphragma ruptures (DRs) are an unusual condition after blunt thoracoabdominal trauma, and there are some difficulties in the diagnosis, in the absence of the additional life-threatening injuries. Right-sided injuries are less frequent than left-sided injuries and may be missed easily. Intrathoracic herniation of abdominal organs is an uncommon condition for right-sided DR. Particularly, to our knowledge, progressive hepatothorax and enterothorax that develop over years are a very rare presentation of DR. Herein, we present a case of progressive thoracic herniation of the abdominal organs, diagnosed 22 years after the initial trauma.