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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 97-99

A case report of thoracic pulmonary hernia

Department of General Surgery, Unit III, Dow University of Health Sciences, Civil Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan

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Fatima Ali Asghar
Flat A6, Bridge Apartment, Frere Town, Near Clifton Bridge, Karachi - 75600
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DOI: 10.4103/2278-0521.193015

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Pulmonary hernia extending into the chest wall is a rarely seen disease, occurring mostly after trauma associated with the fracture of ribs. It can present immediately after the injury or even years later. Symptoms are usually minimal and infrequent. Patient can present to us with a soft reducible bulge on the chest, moving and altering with respiration, coughing and straining, pain dyspnea, and chest infections. The diagnosis is made clinically and radiographically. Conservative management for smaller hernias with no symptoms and surgical interventions for larger, symptomatic hernias posing threats of strangulation or incarceration is indicated. We report a case of a 40-year-old male who had suffered a blunt chest trauma and later presented to us with an acquired traumatic thoracic lung hernia.

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