Blunt injury to the diaphragm: an analysis of 44 patients.


Forty-four patients sustaining blunt trauma with resultant diaphragmatic rupture during a 5 1/2-year period are presented. In 41 (93%), the diagnosis was established within 6 hours of admission. The correct diagnosis was made preoperatively in 19 patients operated on acutely (42%), in 22 (53%), ruptured diaphragm was an incidental finding at celiotomy or… (More)


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