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Case Reports in Emergency Medicine
Volume 2011, Article ID 905641, 3 pages
Case Report

Hepatothorax: A Rare Outcome of High-Speed Trauma

Division of Trauma Services, Memorial Regional Hospital, 3501 Johnson Street, Hollywood, FL 33021, USA

Received 21 July 2011; Accepted 13 September 2011

Academic Editors: A. K. Exadaktylos and C.-C. Lai

Copyright © 2011 Matthew Porcelli et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Diaphragmatic ruptures are the result of severe blunt trauma or penetrating trauma. Motor vehicle crashes are a common mechanism associated with blunt diaphragmatic rupture (BDR). Incorporating diagnostic tools and laparotomy assist in the diagnosis and treatment of BDR. However, diagnosing BDR can be a challenge for practitioners. Early diagnosis and treatment improve the patient's outcomes. This paper details the events of a patient received in a level I trauma unit.