Delayed presentation of a traumatic diaphragmatic rupture with intrapericardial herniation

Cipe G., Genc V., Uzun C., Atasoy C., Erkek B.

HERNIA, vol.16, no.4, pp.485-488, 2012 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 16 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s10029-010-0774-9
  • Journal Name: HERNIA
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.485-488
  • Bezmialem Vakıf University Affiliated: No


Thoracic and abdominal blunt traumas are the major causes of diaphragmatic rupture. These ruptures may be recognized at the time of the initial trauma, but are diagnosed months or even years later during the workup for related symptoms. We present herein a patient who suffered from abdominal pain and dyspnea years after a motor vehicle accident. A chest computed tomography (CT) demonstrated diaphragmatic rupture with intrapericardial herniation of intraabdominal organs. Exploratory laparotomy confirmed the diagnosis. In this report, we describe our management of this unusual diaphragmatic rupture.