Tension pneumothorax precluding laparoscopic repair of diaphragmatic hernia

Douglas M. Sternberg, Anthony T. Petrick, Farid Gharagozloo, Medhat S. Hannallah

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Pneumothorax can result from laparoscopic procedures in the abdomen. Usually, pneumothoraxes are mild and asymptomatic and do not require conversion to an open procedure. We report a case of tension pneumothorax that developed during the course of a laparoscopic repair of a diaphragmatic hernia. In this patient, the tension pneumothorax did not respond to conventional means of therapy and required conversion to a laparotomy. A large diaphragmatic hernia with communication between the peritoneal and pleural cavities may be a contraindication to minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)429-431
Number of pages3
JournalSurgical Laparoscopy, Endoscopy and Percutaneous Techniques
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Diaphragmatic hernia
  • Laparoscopy
  • Pneumothorax

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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