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PRACTICE PRIMERS
Year : 2010  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 173-176

Treating traumatic injuries of the diaphragm


1 Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Sawangi, Wardha, Maharashtra, India
2 Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences, Sawangi, Wardha, Maharashtra, India

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Sankalp Dwivedi
Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Sawangi, Wardha, Maharashtra
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0974-2700.62122

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Traumatic diaphragmatic injury (DI) is a unique clinical entity that is usually occult and can easily be missed. Their delayed presentation can be due to the delayed rupture of the diaphragm or delayed detection of diaphragmatic rupture, making the accurate diagnosis of DI challenging to the trauma surgeons. An emergency laparotomy and thorough exploration followed by the repair of the defect is the gold standard for the management of these cases. We report a case of blunt DI in an elderly gentleman and present a comprehensive overview for the management of traumatic injuries of the diaphragm.


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