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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 5037619, 3 pages
Case Report

Delayed Presentation of Posttraumatic Diaphragmatic Hernia Masquerading as Recurrent Acute Asthmatic Attack

1Department of Surgery, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano, Nigeria
2Department of Surgery, University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Maiduguri, Nigeria

Correspondence should be addressed to U. M. Bello

Received 21 March 2017; Accepted 19 June 2017; Published 19 September 2017

Academic Editor: Gerald S. Supinski

Copyright © 2017 A. I. El-Yakub 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 hernia following blunt abdominal injury is extremely rare and often diagnosed late. Missed diagnosis is also common with this condition. We herein present a delayed presentation of diaphragmatic hernia following blunt abdominal injury that was initially misdiagnosed as recurrent acute asthmatic attack due to repeated presentation with episodic difficulty in breathing.