Post-traumatic diaphragmatic hernias – importance of basic radiographic investigations

  • Ebrahim Mansoor Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital and University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban

Abstract

This case presentation highlights important principles in the management of post-traumatic diaphragmatic hernia. A suggestive history should prompt early diagnosis even if the patient appears well. The chest radiograph, although not pathognomonic, is extremely useful in the detection of diaphragmatic hernia if accurately interpreted. Herniated bowel is at high risk of strangulation, especially in the presence of a ‘ribbon sign’. Delayed operative intervention can prove fatal.

Author Biography

Ebrahim Mansoor, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital and University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban
registrar dept of cardiothoracic surgery albert luthuli hospital ukzn durban
Published
2013-05-03
How to Cite
Mansoor, E. (2013). Post-traumatic diaphragmatic hernias – importance of basic radiographic investigations. South African Journal of Surgery, 51(2), 75-76. https://doi.org/10.7196/sajs.1447
Section
Case Reports