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Laparoscopic Treatment of a Rare Right Diaphragmatic Rupture with Small Bowel Herniation after Blunt Thoracic Trauma  [PDF]
H. Hoffmann,D. Oertli,O. Heizmann
Minimally Invasive Surgery , 2010, DOI: 10.1155/2010/109062
Abstract: Blunt traumatic diaphragmatic rupture (BTDR) is a life-threatening condition with an incidence from 0,8%–1,6% in blunt trauma, mostly located on the left side. The main prognostic factors are severe side injuries and the delay of diagnosis. We present a rare case of a 68-year-old female, with an isolated right diaphragm rupture. The diagnosis was done with a delay of 4 days by thoracic radiographs, which showed a herniation of small bowel into the right thoracic cavity. A reposition of the small bowel and a closure of the diaphragmatic defect by running suture were carried out laparoscopicly. Although large prospective studies concerning the outcome of laparoscopic approach to right BTDR are still missing, we could show, that laparoscopy can be performed safely in right traumatic diaphragm rupture. 1. Introduction Blunt traumatic diaphragmatic rupture (BTDR) is a life-threatening condition with an incidence of 0.8%–1.6% in blunt trauma [1–3]. The closure of the diaphragm rupture must be performed immediately. The diagnosis often happens to be late due to the absence of typical symptoms or other major injuries dominating the clinical aspect [4]. An isolated BTDR is rare and thus might be followed by a period of weeks or months not revealing any symptoms [2, 5]. Most BTDR are located on the left side in the musculotendinous intersection [1, 3, 4]. Right BTDR are rarely described and less frequent [6]. Herniation of colon, small bowel, or liver may occur and result in ileus, necrosis, and perforation [4, 7]. 2. Narrative We present a rare case of a 68-year-old female hospitalized in the neurological department due to Parkinson disease. She fell onto a chair hitting her right hemithorax. Initially, subjective symptoms have been missing. The examination showed a slightly reduced breath without any signs of pneumothorax or dyspnea, a decent pressure pain and a bruise. 4 days after trauma, she developed a progressive pulmonal decompensation with desaturation. Additionally, there have been signs of ileus. The chest radiograph displayed a herniation of bowel into the right hemithorax with consecutive ileus signs (Figure 1). Figure 1: Chest radiograph shows bowel herniation into right hemithorax. We performed a laparoscopic approach and found a ?cm rupture of the right diaphragm with herniation of 1 meter small bowel. The bowel appeared vital after reposition. The transdiaphragmatic thoracoscopy displayed a collapsed lung and a dislocated rib fracture (Figure 2). After irrigation of the thoracic cavity we made a direct laparoscopic strainless running suture with
Delayed Presentation of Traumatic Diaphragmatic Rupture with Herniation of the Left Kidney and Bowel Loops  [PDF]
Amiya Kumar Dwari,Abhijit Mandal,Sibes Kumar Das,Sudhansu Sarkar
Case Reports in Pulmonology , 2013, DOI: 10.1155/2013/814632
Abstract: Rupture of the diaphragm mostly occurs following major trauma. We report a case of delayed presentation of traumatic diaphragmatic hernia on the left side in a 44-year-old male who presented two weeks after a minor blunt trauma. Left kidney and intestinals coils were found to herniate through the diaphragmatic tear. This case demonstrates the importance of considering the diagnosis in all cases of blunt trauma of the trunk. It also illustrates the rare possibility of herniation of kidney through the diaphragmatic tear. 1. Introduction Traumatic diaphragmatic hernias (DH) represents only small percentage of all diaphragmatic hernias but it is no longer an uncommon entity. Injury is mostly caused by severe blunt or penetrating trauma [1]. DH may be recognized during the period of hospitalization immediately following trauma. If the diaphragmatic injury is not recognized during the immediate posttraumatic period, the patient may recover and remain symptom free or present either with chronic thoracoabdominal symptoms or with acute emergency due to intestinal strangulation [2]. During the delayed presentation with chronic thoracoabdominal symptoms, the trauma responsible for the injury is often forgotten and the diagnosis is not suspected. A careful history, physical examination, and awareness of the possibility are the prerequisite for timely diagnosis. Abdominal organs that commonly herniate are stomach, spleen, liver, mesentery, and small and large bowels. Kidney is rarely found to herniate through the diaphragmatic tear [3]. The case is unique due to occurrence of the DH with minor trauma, its delayed presentation, and herniation of the left kidney into the thorax. 2. Case Report A 44-year-old male patient was kicked in his left lower chest and upper abdomen by a neighbour during a family quarrel. Considering it to be a minor trauma, he continued his daily activities for the next two weeks. He presented to pulmonary medicine outpatient department with left sided dull aching chest pain and nonproductive cough for ten days. There was no history of abdominal pain or haematuria. On examination, he was afebrile but dyspneic (MMRC grade 2) with respiratory rate of 22 breaths/min, oxygen saturation of 96% with room air, pulse rate of 90/min, and blood pressure of 138/84?mm of Hg. On examination of the chest, there was dull note over left infraclavicular area and bowel sounds were audible over the left side of the chest. Examination of other systems was within normal limits. His chest X-ray PA view revealed a heterogeneous opacity in left lower zone but no
Late Onset Traumatic Rupture of the Diaphragm with a Minor Blunt Trauma: A Case Report  [cached]
Nazik A??l?o?lu,Atay ?zkal,Burak Tander
Journal of Academic Emergency Medicine , 2011,
Abstract: Rupture of the diaphragm after blunt trauma is uncommon in children but it is usually associated with life-threatening complications. A delay in diagnosis may result in an increased mortality and morbidity. A case of a ten month old girl with diaphragmatic rupture and gastric herniation presenting one month after a minor blunt trauma is reported in this article Diagnosis of isolated diaphragmatic rupture is difficult during the preoperative period. Following blunt or penetrating traumas, this possibility should be considered in order to diagnose diaphragmatic ruptures.
Transdiaphragmatic Intercostal Herniation following Blunt Trauma
Debkumar Sarkar,Melissa Warta,Jason Solomon
Case Reports in Radiology , 2012, DOI: 10.1155/2012/502765
Abstract: Intercostal herniation is very rarely and sporadically reported in the literature. Intercostal hernia can occur following blunt trauma and may be associated with rib fractures. We present a case of a patient who presented with rib fractures, diaphragmatic rupture, and intrathoracic herniation of abdominal contents with subsequent herniation of both lung and abdominal contents through an intercostal defect. The patient was successfully treated with primary surgical repair of the diaphragm and intercostal hernia. The presentation, pathophysiology, and management of this rare clinical entity are discussed.
Bilateraly Diaphragmatic Traumatic Rupture with Delayed and Liver Herniation of Right Diaphragmatic Rupture  [PDF]
Hatice ?ztürkmen Akay,Refik ülkü
Dicle Medical Journal , 2004,
Abstract: Bilateraly diyafragmatic rupture is a rare pathology. The incidence isregarded 0.8-5%. Here we reported a bilateraly diyafragmatic rupture withdelayed right diyafragmatic liver herniation. We review the literature andwe mentioned the important radiologic findings of the patology withultrasonoghraphy, Computed tomography, and magnetic resonanceimaging.
A review on delayed presentation of diaphragmatic rupture
Farhan Rashid, Mallicka M Chakrabarty, Rajeev Singh, Syed Y Iftikhar
World Journal of Emergency Surgery , 2009, DOI: 10.1186/1749-7922-4-32
Abstract: A Pubmed search was conducted using the terms "delayed presentation of post traumatic diaphragmatic rupture" and "delayed diaphragmatic rupture". Although quite a few articles were cited, the details of presentation, investigations and treatment discussed in each of these were not identical, accounting for the variation in the data presented below.Late presentation of diaphragmatic rupture is often a result of herniation of abdominal contents into the thorax[1]. Sudden increase in the intra abdominal pressure may cause a diaphragmatic tear and visceral herniation[2]. The incidence of diaphragmatic ruptures after thoraco-abdominal traumas is 0.8–5% [3] and up to 30% diaphragmatic hernias present late[4]. Diaphragmatic, lumbar and extra-thoracic hernias are well described complications of blunt trauma [5]. Incorrect interpretation of the x ray or only intermittent hernial symptoms are frequent reasons for incorrect diagnosis[6].Diaphragmatic rupture with abdominal organ herniation was first described by Sennertus in 1541[7,8]. Diaphragmatic injury is a recognised consequence of high velocity blunt and penetrating trauma to the abdomen and chest rather than from a trivial fall[8]. These patients usually have multi system injuries because of the large force required to rupture the diaphragm[9].Blunt trauma to the abdomen increases the transdiaphragmatic pressure gradient between the abdominal compartment and the thorax[10]. This causes shearing of a stretched membrane and avulsion of the diaphragm from its points of attachments due to sudden increase in intra abdominal pressure, transmitted through the viscera[11]. Delay in presentation of a diaphragmatic hernia could be explained by various different hypotheses. Delayed rupture of a devitalised diaphragmatic muscle may occur several days after the initial injury [8]. This is best exemplified in the case report of bilateral diaphragmatic rupture [12], where the left diaphragmatic rupture was identified 24 hours after th
Right-sided diaphragmatic rupture after blunt trauma. An unusual entity
Ramon Vilallonga, Vicente Pastor, Laura Alvarez, Ramon Charco, Manel Armengol, Salvador Navarro
World Journal of Emergency Surgery , 2011, DOI: 10.1186/1749-7922-6-3
Abstract: Traumatic injuries of the diaphragm remain an entity of difficult diagnosis despite having been recognised early in the history of surgery. Sennertus, in 1541, performed an autopsy in one patient who had died from herniation and strangulation of the colon through a diaphragmatic gap secondary to a gunshot wound received seven months earlier [1]. However, these cases remain rare, and difficult to diagnose and care for. This has highlighted some of the aspects related to these lesions, especially when they are caused by blunt trauma and injuries of the right diaphragm [1,2].We report the case of a man of 36 years of age, thrown from a height of 12 meters and was referred to our centre. The patient arrived conscious and oriented, and we began manoeuvring the management of the patient with multiple injuries according to the guidelines of the ATLS (Advanced Trauma Life Support) recommended by the American College of Surgeons. The patient had an unstable pelvic fracture (type B2) with hemodynamic instability and respiratory failure. Patient's Injury Severity Score (ISS) was 38. Pelvis and chest X-rays were performed which confirmed the pelvic fracture and pathological elevation of the right hemidiaphragm was observed (Figure 1). We proceeded to stabilise the pelvic fracture and replace fluids, improving hemodynamic status. The patient continued with respiratory failure. For this reason, a chest tube was placed and Computerised Tomography (CT) was performed (Figure 2), showing a ruptured right hemidiaphragm, including chest drain in the right hepatic lobe and occupation of the lesser sac by blood. The patient underwent surgery, finding a right hemidiaphragm transverse rupture with a hepatothorax and an intrahepatic thoracic tube. We performed the suture of the diaphragm and liver packing, moved the patient to the intensive care unit, and after 48 hours, the liver packing was removed without problems. The patient evolved favourably.Currently, traumatic injuries of the diaph
Blunt rupture of the right hemidiaphragm with herniation of the right colon and right lobe of the liver  [cached]
Bairagi Anjana,Moodley Saundrarajen,Hardcastle Timothy,Muckart David
Journal of Emergencies, Trauma and Shock , 2010,
Abstract: Acute right hemidiaphragm rupture with abdominal visceral herniation is reportedly less common than on the left. We present a complex case of blunt rupture of the right hemidiaphragm with herniation of the right colon and right lobe of the liver in a multiply injured patient. The diagnostic approach, with specific reference to the imaging studies, and surgical management is discussed, followed by a brief literature review highlighting the complexities of the case.
Delayed presentation of blunt traumatic diaphragmatic hernia: A case report
AT Kidmas, D Iya, ES Isamade, E Ekedigwe
Nigerian Journal of Surgical Research , 2005,
Abstract: Blunt traumatic diaphragmatic rupture is an uncommon but severe problem that is usually seen in poly-traumatized patients. Diagnosis is often difficult resulting in delayed presentation and increased morbidity. We report a case of blunt traumatic diaphragmatic hernia in a 39-year-old man presenting 10 years after the initial abdomino-thoracic injury sustained in a road traffic accident. He had herniation of the spleen and stomach. Through a left thoracotomy, the herniated organs were reduced and diaphragmatic defect closed with interrupted nylon sutures. A high index of suspicion would minimize the morbidity and mortality associated with delayed diagnosis.
Diagnosis and Surgical Treatment of Diaphragmatic Rupture Following Blunt Abdominal Traumas
Ahmet Karamercan,Osman Kurukahvecioglu,Yildirim Imren,Tonguc Utku Yilmaz,Mustafa Sare,Bulent Aytac
Surgery Journal , 2012,
Abstract: Diaphragmatic rupture observed in trauma patients with multiple organ injuries is a rare but serious problem. The incidence rate for diaphragmatic rupture is 0.8-5% while mortality rate is between 16.6-33.3%. There are cases in the literature which diaphragmatic rupture was diagnosed years after the trauma. Symptoms related to heart or lung compression due to early or delayed displacement of the abdominal viscera into the thorax or strangulation of abdominal viscera lead the physician to diagnosis. A 75-year old female patient who presented to the emergency room with shortness of breath, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting complaints had been in a traffic accident 20 days earlier and admitted to the hospital. Abdominal ultrasound, plain radiographs and laboratory tests after the accident had been normal and the patient was discharged after a 24 h follow-up. Patient had signs of intestinal obstruction and abnormal blood gas values and posterior-anterior chest radiograph revealed elevation of the left hemidiaphragm. Thoracic computarized tomography demonstrated elevation of the posterolateral region of the left hemidiaphragm and displacement of the subdiaphragmatic organs within the thorax, up to the level of the carina. The patient had laparotomy under emergency conditions when rupture of the diaphragm was identified and repaired transabdominally. Diaphragmatic ruptures secondary to blunt traumas can be diagnosed with its early or late symptoms. Non-specific symptoms like chest pain, dyspnea, tachypnea, shortness of breath observed in patients should raise suspicion. Early or late deterioration in blood gas analyses following blunt traumas should be assessed carefully. Diagnosis can be rapidly established with direct radiographs, thoracic computarized tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. Treatment of rupture is surgery. Generally the diaphragm is repaired by the transabdominal approach while complicated ruptures can be assessed with a lower thoracic incision. Being extra vigilant following serious blunt traumas is an important factor in establishing the diagnosis.
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