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The Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery 2000 August;41(4):641-2

Copyright © 2009 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

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


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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.

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