Traumatic diaphragmatic hernia is not an uncommon problem and has been noted after either penetrating or blunt trauma. A high index of suspicion must be maintained in order to identify patients with this injury, as delay in identification may result in significant morbidity and death. It is essential that a thorough evaluation be performed, and if a diaphragmatic hernia is found, surgical repair is necessary. We present a case of thoracoscopic repair of an incarcerated recurrent diaphragmatic hernia appearing several years after successful open (via laparotomy) repair of an acute blunt traumatic hernia. A brief review of the surgical literature is also presented. With the broadening use of minimally invasive surgical techniques, we feel that their application to the repair of chronic diaphragmatic hernia is safe and effective, reduces morbidity, and results in a faster recovery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)171-175
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Laparoendoscopic and Advanced Surgical Techniques - Part A
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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