Conservative Management of Traumatic Intercostal Lung Hernia: A Case Report PD01-PD03
Assistant Professor, Department of General Surgery, SGT Medical College, Chandu, Budhera, Gurgaon, Haryana, India.
Pulmonary herniation is an uncommon phenomenon. It has been described sporadically in obscure case reports and rare case series. Owing to its sparse occurrence, a calibrated algorithm for its management does not exist. Even then, the popular consensus advises surgical management comprising prosthetic mesh repair. Hereby, authors report a case of a 24-year-old male, who developed left lung herniation after blunt trauma to the chest wall. Non Contrast Computed Tomography (NCCT) of chest revealed herniation of left lung through 3rd intercostal space, a hernia defect of 1.8 cm and a small left pneumothorax. Patient was managed conservatively with intercostal drainage and was discharged on day 5 of admission. This case report aims to delineate the conditions where conservative management of lung hernias can be undertaken successfully.