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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 9473906, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/9473906
Case Report

Traumatic Lung Herniation following Skateboard Fall

Division of Acute Care Surgery and Trauma, Memorial Regional Hospital, 3501 Johnson Street, Hollywood, FL 33021, USA

Received 28 July 2016; Accepted 5 October 2016

Academic Editor: Reda E. Girgis

Copyright © 2016 Dafney L. Davare 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.

Abstract

Lung herniation (LH) is a rare clinical entity involving the protrusion of lung outside the thoracic cage. It has a variety of etiologies and clinical presentations, making diagnosis difficult. We present a case of a 20-year-old male who reported pleuritic pain after falling from a skateboard. Evaluation through computed tomography (CT) scanning of the chest revealed an anterior lung hernia associated with rib fractures. This case emphasizes the need for clinicians to include lung herniation in the differential diagnosis of patients with trauma and inexplicable or persistent pulmonary issues.