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Revista do Colégio Brasileiro de Cirurgiões

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PEREIRA JUNIOR, Gerson Alves. Traumatic diaphragmatic hernia. Rev. Col. Bras. Cir. [online]. 2001, vol.28, n.5, pp.375-382. ISSN 0100-6991.

Traumatic diaphragmatic hernia is an uncommon but important problem in the patient with multiple injuries. Since diaphragmatic injuries are difficult to diagnose, those that are missed may present with latent symptoms of bowel obstruction and strangulation. The same may occur in the patients with stab wounds to the lower chest. Traumatic diaphragmatic hernia should be suspected on the basis of an abnormal chest radiograph in the trauma victim with multiple injuries. This article discuss about history, epidemiology, clinical signs and symptoms, diagnostic modalities, treatment and complications.

Keywords : Traumatic diaphragmatic rupture; Diaphragm injury; penetrating wounds; abdominal trauma.

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