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Minerva Chirurgica 2001 June;56(3):299-302

Copyright © 2001 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: Italian

Diagnostic delay in post-traumatic diaphragmatic ruptures. Case report

Mercadante E., De Giacomo T., Rendina E. A., Venuta F., Moretti M., Aratari M. T., Coloni F. G.


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Traumatic ruptures of the diaphragm are associated with closed chest and abdominal traumas, often the outcome of road accidents, with an incidence varying from 1 to 5% depending on the series. Diagnosis is frequently late if the possibility of breakages in two stages is also considered. This delay in diagnosis is encountered in a variable percentage of cases, between 9.5 and 60%. The clinical case of a post-traumatic ruptures of the diaphragm diagnosed 26 years after a car accident is described.

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