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Case Reports in Emergency Medicine
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 549013, 4 pages
Case Report

Late Onset Traumatic Diaphragmatic Herniation Leading to Intestinal Obstruction and Pancreatitis: Two Separate Cases

Department of General Surgery, Ankara Numune Training and Research Hospital, Anafartalar Mah, Talatpasa Boulevard No. 5, Genel Cerrahi AD, 2. Kat B216, Altındağ, 06100 Ankara, Turkey

Received 18 June 2015; Accepted 16 August 2015

Academic Editor: Vasileios Papadopoulos

Copyright © 2015 Tolga Dinc 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.


Although diaphragmatic injuries caused by blunt or penetrating trauma are rare entities, they are the most commonly misdiagnosed injuries in trauma patients and occur in approximately 3–7% of all abdominal or thoracic traumas. Acute pancreatitis secondary to late presenting diaphragmatic hernia is very rare. Here we present two separate cases: one with acute bowel obstruction and the other with acute pancreatitis secondary to late onset traumatic diaphragmatic hernia (three and twenty-eight years after chest trauma, resp.).