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Published: May 2011

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Acute Intrathoracic Gastric Volvulus due to Diaphragmatic Hernia: A Rare Emergency Easily Overlooked

Kim H.H. · Park S.J. · Park M.I. · Moon W.

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Department of Internal Medicine, Kosin University College of Medicine, Busan, Korea

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Seun Ja Park, MD

Department of Internal Medicine, Kosin University College of Medicine

34 Amnam-dong, Seo-gu, Busan 602-702 (Korea)

Tel. +82 51 990 5205, E-Mail parksj6406@yahoo.co.kr

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Acute intrathoracic gastric volvulus occurs when the stomach undergoes organoaxial torsion in the chest due to either concomitant enlargement of the hiatus or a diaphragmatic hernia. Iatrogenic diaphragmatic hernia can occur after hiatal hernia repair and other surgical procedures, such as nephrectomy, esophagogastrectomy and splenopancreatectomy. We describe a 49-year-old woman who presented to our emergency department with acute moderate epigastric soreness and vomiting. She had undergone extensive gynecologic surgery including splenectomy 1 year before. The chest radiograph obtained in the emergency department demonstrated an elevated gastric air-fluid level in the left lower lung field. An urgent gastroscopy showed twisted structural abnormality of the stomach body. A computed tomography scan demonstrated the distended stomach, located in the left lower hemithorax through a left diaphragmatic defect. Emergent transthoracic repair was performed. Postoperative recovery was uneventful, and the patient did not experience any pain or difficulty with eating.

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Abstract of Published: May 2011

Published online: May 06, 2011
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