Thorax doi:10.1136/thoraxjnl-2012-203181
  • Chest clinic
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Post-traumatic pulmonary hernia

  1. Jean-Michel Maury2
  1. 1Trauma and Emergency Surgery Unit, Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care, Lyon Sud Hospital, Hospices Civils de Lyon, Pierre Benite, France
  2. 2Department of Thoracic Surgery, Louis Pradel Hospital, Hospices Civils de Lyon Bron, France
  1. Correspondence to Dr Jean-Stephane David, Service d'Anesthésie Reanimation, Centre Hospitalier Lyon Sud, Pierre Benite, Cedex F-69495, France; js-david{at}
  • Received 24 December 2012
  • Revised 11 January 2013
  • Accepted 15 January 2013
  • Published Online First 5 February 2013

Post-traumatic pulmonary hernia is a very rare occurrence of chest trauma, which however remains usually covered by the skin.1 ,2 A young 22-year-old male was recently admitted to our trauma centre after being thrown from a motorcycle against a road guard barrier.

Clinical examination of the patient revealed a large open wound to the upper and the anterior part …

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