Title: [Traumatic rupture of the diaphragm: a diagnostic problem]
Authors: Niville, E ×
Broos, Paul
Himpens, J
Gruwez, J A #
Issue Date: Mar-1983
Series Title: Acta Chirurgica Belgica vol:82 issue:6 pages:579-88
Abstract: About 5% of the heavy abdominal traumas present a traumatic diaphragm rupture (14). A correct diagnosis of such a rupture is usually not obvious. A collective review by Alivisatos concluded that only 1/3 of the diaphragm ruptures was recognized within the first 24 hours (2). In the department of general surgery of the academic hospitals St-Raphaël and St-Pieter, 38 cases were seen during the last ten years (1970-1980). The diagnosis was made within the first 24 hours (pre- or peroperatively) in 28 cases. In 34 cases, diagnosis was achieved within a week of time and in 36 cases within a year. In only 2 of the cases it was achieved after 1 years time. In this paper two points are especially emphasized, first why a correct diagnosis sometimes is so difficult to reach and second which dangers can result from an unseen diaphragm tear. These points of interest are illustrated by a few remarkables case.
ISSN: 0001-5458
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Traumatology Section (-)
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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