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The Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery 1998 December;39(6):859-61

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A case of traumatic pericardiophrenic rupture

Stefani A., Brandi L., Ruggiero C., Lodi R.

From the Department of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery University of Modena, Italy


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An ­unusual ­case of trau­matic per­i­car­di­oph­renic rup­ture is pre­sented. The ­defect was lim­ited to the cen­tral ­tendon of the dia­phragm, ­with her­ni­a­tion of the ­stomach ­into the per­i­car­dial sac. A cor­rect pre­op­er­a­tive diag­nosis was not ­made ­because lap­a­rotomy was ­quickly per­formed for ­splenic rup­ture. Suc­cessful oper­a­tive ­repair of the ­tear was per­formed, ­with inter­rupted reab­sorb­able ­sutures. The ­case is dis­cussed and the man­age­ment of ­patients ­with ­these ­rare ­lesions is ­reviewed.

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