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THE JOURNAL OF CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY
A Journal on Cardiac, Vascular and Thoracic Surgery
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The Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery 2000 August;41(4):641-2
Spontaneous intercostal pulmonary hernia
Rusca M., Carbognani P., Cattelani L., Tincani G., Bobbio P.
From the Departement of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery University of Parma, Parma, Italy
A case of spontaneous intercostal pulmonary hernia as a result of vigorous coughing is reported in a 67-year-old man. The great majority of acquired pulmonary hernias are post-traumatic; rare cases are spontaneous, resulting from prolonged and/or repeated increased intrathoracic pressure. This hernia was successfully repaired with a polyglactin absorbable mesh and approximation of the ribs with heavy stitches. When required, surgical repair is the treatment of choice.