Non-penetrating traumatic rupture of the diaphragm

G. Efron, I. Hyde

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The authors present 3 patients with non-penetrating traumatic rupture of the diaphragm and 1 patient with eventration of the diaphragm which was misdiagnosed as a rupture. Rupture of the diaphragm may follow a blow to the chest or abdomen which initially seems to be of little consequence. There may be few symptoms referable to the rupture immediately after the accident, but severe symptoms may develop subsequently. The diagnosis of a ruptured diaphragm should therefore be considered in patients with multiple injuries even though there is no evidence of a chest or abdominal injury and early routine chest x-ray performed. The radiological difficulties of differentiating a ruptured diaphragm from eventration, phrenic paralysis or non-traumatic herniation through the diaphragm, are discussed. Differentiation is not always possible. Once the diagnosis of traumatic diaphragmatic rupture is made, early repair is indicated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)394-398
Number of pages5
JournalClinical Radiology
Volume18
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1967
Externally publishedYes

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Diaphragm
Rupture
Diaphragmatic Eventration
Thorax
Abdominal Injuries
Thoracic Injuries
Multiple Trauma
Diagnostic Errors
Paralysis
Abdomen
Accidents
X-Rays

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  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Oncology

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Efron, G., & Hyde, I. (1967). Non-penetrating traumatic rupture of the diaphragm. Clinical Radiology, 18(4), 394-398.

Non-penetrating traumatic rupture of the diaphragm. / Efron, G.; Hyde, I.

In: Clinical Radiology, Vol. 18, No. 4, 01.1967, p. 394-398.

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Efron, G & Hyde, I 1967, 'Non-penetrating traumatic rupture of the diaphragm', Clinical Radiology, vol. 18, no. 4, pp. 394-398.
Efron, G. ; Hyde, I. / Non-penetrating traumatic rupture of the diaphragm. In: Clinical Radiology. 1967 ; Vol. 18, No. 4. pp. 394-398.
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