A 40 year old man presents with progressively worsening exertional dyspnea for 6 months. He is otherwise asymptomatic.

He gives a history of blunt abdominal trauma following a motor vehicle accident 4 years ago. An emergency laparotomy was performed, during which a laceration of the liver was detected. His medical history is otherwise unremarkable.

He does not smoke and there is no family history of malignancies or cardiac or respiratory diseases.

Select Relevant Investigations
Full Blood Count


WBC/DC: 8,500/mm3
Neutrophils: 70%
Lymphocytes: 28%

Hb: 13.1 g/dL
Hct: 40%

Platelets : 331,000/mm3
X-Ray Chest


The x-ray shows unilateral elevation of the right hemidiaphragm. The right lung shadow appears normal otherwise. The left lung shadow, hemidiaphragm and cardiac silhouette appear normal, while the trachea is central.
CT chest and Abdomen


The CT scan reveals a defect in the right diaphragm with intrathoracic herniation of the liver. Basal atelectasis of the right lung is noted.


The ECG appears normal.

Select Relevant Management
Nil Orally stat
Thoracic Surgery
Conservative management