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The Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery 1999 December;40(6):901-3

Copyright © 2000 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Incarcerated postraumatic intercostal lung hernia. Case report and review of the literature

Busch T., Sirbu H., Aleksic I., Friedrich M., Dalichau H.,

From the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Georg-August-University, Gõttingen, Germany


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Traumatic ­lung her­nia is a ­rare diag­no­sis. A 52-­year-old ­female motor­ve­hi­cle pas­sen­ger was admit­ted as a trau­ma ­patient ­after a motor­ve­hi­cle acci­dent. She was ­found to ­have an incar­cer­at­ed ­lung her­nia. Size of the her­nia, incar­cer­a­tion and res­pir­a­to­ry insuf­fi­cien­cy man­dat­ed imme­di­ate sur­gi­cal inter­ven­tion ­with repo­si­tion, drain­age and sta­bil­isa­tion of the ­chest ­wall. The post­op­er­a­tive ­course was unevent­ful. The man­age­ment of the ­patient is dis­cussed and the avail­able lit­er­a­ture ­reviewed.

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