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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Surgical Laparoscopy, Endoscopy and Percutaneous Techniques|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1997|
- Diaphragmatic hernia
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