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Minerva Chirurgica 2000 April;55(4):273-8

language: Italian

Bilateral diaphragmatic hernia. A case report

Allocca A., Stecco A., Salti S., Capaccioli L., Pernice L. M.


A rare case of bilateral diaphragmatic hernia, containing a long segment of transverse colon in the left breach and most of the omentum and a short segment of colon in the right one, is described. Diaphragmatic hernia can occur at any age in both males and females and it is often asymptomatic and diagnosed by chance. The epidemiological, etiopathogenic, clinic, diagnostic and therapeutic aspects of the disease are discussed. The only treatment, which is advisable in asymptomatic patients too, is the closure of the hernial orifice. This closure can be done directly or through the insertion of prosthetic material. The conventional access can be thoracic or abdominal, but laparoscopy is going to replace both of them successfully in the future.

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