Congenital and Acquired Lung Hernias

Rogelio Moncada, Aruna Vade, Carlos Gimenez, William Rosado, Terrence C. Demos, Richard Turbin, Luz A. Venta

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Lung hernia is defined as a protrusion of lung parenchyma beyond the confines of the musculoskeletal thorax. Lung hernias can be classified according to location (i.e., cervical, thoracic, or diaphragmatic) and etiology. Approximately 80% of reported cases of lung hernia are acquired, usually related to trauma or surgery. Symptoms are few, infrequent, and vague. A painless, local, and inconstant bulging is evident on physical examination. The diagnosis of a lung herniation is accomplished using chest radiographs in the most cases. Surgery is usually reserved for large hernias or incarcerated hernias.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-82
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Thoracic Imaging
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1996


  • Acquired
  • Etiology
  • Lung hernia
  • Lung parenchyma
  • Lung parenchyma: Congenital
  • Musculoskeletal thorax

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology


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