• Vol. 33 No. 5, 649–650
  • 15 September 2004

A Case of a Diaphragmatic Rupture Complicated With Lacerations of Stomach and Spleen Caused by a Violent Cough Presenting With Mediastinal Shift

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ABSTRACT

Introduction: Diapraghmatic rupture is a clinical case that is mostly seen following a blunt thoracoabdominal trauma or is rarely reported as spontaneously induced by various factors.

Clinical Picture: A 28-year-old man presented as an emergency with shortness of breath and severe abdominal pain following a violent cough. His chest radiography and computed tomography demonstrated left diaphragmatic rupture, mediastinal shift and herniation of gastric fundus into the pleural cavity.

Treatment: Left thoracotomy for the replacement of herniated gastric fundus and median laparotomy for the repair of serosal layer of gastric fundus and a diaphragmatic gap were performed.

Outcome: He made an uneventful recovery.

Conclusions: Diaphragmatic ruptures may be caused by violent coughing with serious life-threatening complications.


Diaphragmatic rupture is a recognised consequence of high-velocity blunt trauma to the abdomen and chest and also has been reported in 0% to 5% of thoracoabdominal trauma patients. The diagnosis is often difficult and delay in diagnosis is implicated in increased morbidity and mortality.

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