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J Emerg Med. 2002 Jul;23(1):39-42.

Blunt diaphragmatic injury in a 7-year-old girl.

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  • 1Department of Emergency Medicine, Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital, Oakland, California 94602, USA.


Blunt diaphragmatic injury is notoriously difficult to diagnose. There is no gold standard for radiologic diagnosis of this disease entity. This article reports a case of traumatic diaphragmatic rupture in a 7-year-old girl whose injury was identified on hospital day 2. The discussion includes a review of the physiology of this injury and the utility of radiologic modalities in making a timely diagnosis.

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