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Revista Colombiana de Cirugía

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ZAPATA, Ricardo; BOTERO, Juan Esteban; BOLIVAR, Luis  and  SALDARRIAGA, Carlos. Spontaneous lung hernia secondary to coughing fit: repair by video assisted technique. rev. colomb. cir. [online]. 2015, vol.30, n.4, pp.292-295. ISSN 2011-7582.

Lung hernia is the protrusion of lung tissue through one of its bounding structures. Usually it develops as the result of thoracic trauma or after a surgical procedure; less frequently it can be spontaneous after a coughing fit. Diagnosis is made on the basis of the clinical findings and should be confirmed by X-ray imaging or computed tomography, which evidence the protrusion of the lung through the intercostal spaces. Treatment of lung hernia may be conservative when the patient is asymptomatic, but surgical intervention is most commonly performed, which can be by the open technique or by the video assisted technique. We present a literature review and report a case that was managed by the video assisted surgical technique.

Keywords : Thoracic wall; intercostal muscles; hernia; hernia; diaphragmatic; traumatic; thoracic surgery; video-assisted.

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