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  • 2016-02-02

Laparoscopic repair of a diaphragmatic hernia after thoracic surgery with mesh insertion

Epublication WebSurg.com, Feb 2016;16(02). URL:
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Traumatic diaphragmatic hernias have been well described after blunt trauma. Diaphragmatic ruptures can occur in up to 0.8 to 7% of blunt abdominal trauma, with large left-sided defects being the most common. If the injury goes unrecognized, progressive herniation of abdominal contents may follow. We report the case of a diaphragmatic hernia in a 48-year-old woman. The patient reports dyspnea and vomiting after left diaphragmatic node resection (diaphragmatic granuloma) one year ago. A CT-scan demonstrated a large defect within the left hemi-diaphragm, associated with a herniation of the antrum, body of the stomach, colon, and spleen into the thoracic cavity. At laparoscopy, a large rupture of the left hemi-diaphragm with a big herniation is shown. The hernia was reduced laparoscopically, and the defect was repaired with interrupted absorbable sutures and reinforced with continuous sutures. An intraperitoneal mesh was placed. The patient recovered uneventfully. Diagnosis of a traumatic diaphragmatic hernia in the acute setting can be very challenging. In the chronic period, a myriad of symptoms and radiological findings may arise. Plain films, CT-scan, magnetic resonance imaging, and even diagnostic laparoscopy can help with the diagnosis. Laparoscopy is a safe and feasible method to repair traumatic diaphragmatic hernias, especially in the chronic setting, with the advantage of evaluating the entire abdomen and both hemi-diaphragms simultaneously.