Prospective evaluation of thoracoscopy for diagnosing diaphragmatic injury in thoracoabdominal trauma: a preliminary report.

@article{Ochsner1993ProspectiveEO,
  title={Prospective evaluation of thoracoscopy for diagnosing diaphragmatic injury in thoracoabdominal trauma: a preliminary report.},
  author={Mims Gage Ochsner and Grace S. Rozycki and Frank E Lucente and David C. Wherry and Howard R. Champion},
  journal={The Journal of trauma},
  year={1993},
  volume={34 5},
  pages={704-9; discussion 709-10}
}
Diagnosis of diaphragmatic injury (DI) can be difficult in patients with penetrating trauma because physical examination, computed tomographic scan, chest x-ray films, and diagnostic peritoneal lavage may miss these injuries. Mandatory exploration has been recommended because of the increased mortality associated with missed DI. Thoracoscopy was prospectively evaluated as a less invasive method for diagnosing DI in patients with penetrating trauma. Over a 14-month period, 14 patients were… CONTINUE READING

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