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Pediatr Emerg Care. 2003 Oct;19(5):340-2.

Traumatic diaphragmatic rupture in a pediatric patient: a case report.

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  • 1Division of Emergency Medicine, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA 19104-4399, USA.


Diaphragmatic rupture following blunt abdominal trauma is an uncommon life-threatening injury in children. In addition to its high mortality rate, there is a significant amount of morbidity associated with this injury. Emergency medicine physicians must maintain a high index of suspicion for diaphragmatic rupture and its associated complications when evaluating victims of blunt abdominal trauma.

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