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Secondary Spontaneous Rupture of the Diaphragm in a Child after Blunt Chest Trauma

DOI: 10.4236/ojrd.2016.62006, PP. 41-46

Keywords: Pediatric, Thoracic Trauma, Diaphragmatic Rupture, Secondary, Surgery

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Traumatic diaphragmatic rupture (TDR) is very rare in the pediatric age group. Because of its rarity and its coexistence with more injuries, the diagnosis is often delayed. Very little has been written about this condition in the pediatric age group. TDR, while uncommon, should be considered in cases of blunt thoracic trauma. All patients should undergo meticulous examination preoperatively. The clinical presentation and importance of making an accurate diagnosis and surgery is highlighted. We report a case of secondary spontaneous traumatic left-sided diaphragmatic rupture in a child that was managed by delayed surgical repair.


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