Traumatic diaphragmatic ruptures: clinical presentation, diagnosis and surgical approach in adults

Sabine Hofmann, Marko Kornmann, Doris Henne-Bruns & Andrea Formentini
Objective: Traumatic diaphragmatic injuries are rare, but potentially life-threatening due to herniation of abdominal organs into the pleural cavities. They can be easily overlooked on initial diagnostics and a high index of suspicion is required. The aim of this retrospective study was to analyze the clinical presentation, diagnostic methods and surgical management of patients with diaphragmatic rupture at our institution. Methods: A retrospective study was performed to analyze our experience with patients suffering from traumatic...