Traumatic rupture of the diaphragm can be caused by both penetrating and blunt trauma. High kinetic energy applied to the abdomen during blunt abdominal trauma creates pressure differences between the abdominal and chest cavities. These sudden changes in pressure rupture the diaphragm. We present a 13-month-old infant admitted after being injured by a car. In addition to rupture of the diaphragm there were pelvic fractures. Chest x-ray on admission was diagnostic for diaphragmatic rupture. The possibility of congenital diaphragmatic hernia was rejected because of increasing ventilatory embarrassment.
|Pages (from-to)||97-99, 155|
|State||Published - 1 Jan 1992|
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- Medicine (all)