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Submitted: 2013-02-22
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Megacolon imitating emphysema in the course of diaphragmatic hernia

Piotr Korczyński, Katarzyna Górska, Andrzej Dąbrowski, Marek Pertkiewicz, Ireneusz W. Krasnodębski, Ryszarda Chazan
Pneumonol Alergol Pol 2004;72(11-12):519-522.

open access

Vol 72, No 11-12 (2004)
CASE REPORTS
Published online: 2008-02-18
Submitted: 2013-02-22

Abstract

61-year old man with fever, diarrhoea, weight loss has been admitted to the hospital. Nine years earlier an air bubble in the lower part of the left lung was recognised during the chest x-ray, four years later diagnostic studies have shown a megacolon situated in the chest that significantly pressed on the flesh of the left lung and shifted the mediastinum to the right side. At that time the patient did not agree for an operation treatment. He decided for surgery in May 2002. During the operation the presence of an enormous large intestine of the megacolon type has been determined which could be found there due to diaphragm loss. The megacolon and spleen were surgically removed and the injured diaphragm was sutured. After 2 years a clinical and functional examinations of the respiratory system were performed. There was an improvement of the exercise capacity, recession of restriction in functional examinations and an increase in body mass.

Abstract

61-year old man with fever, diarrhoea, weight loss has been admitted to the hospital. Nine years earlier an air bubble in the lower part of the left lung was recognised during the chest x-ray, four years later diagnostic studies have shown a megacolon situated in the chest that significantly pressed on the flesh of the left lung and shifted the mediastinum to the right side. At that time the patient did not agree for an operation treatment. He decided for surgery in May 2002. During the operation the presence of an enormous large intestine of the megacolon type has been determined which could be found there due to diaphragm loss. The megacolon and spleen were surgically removed and the injured diaphragm was sutured. After 2 years a clinical and functional examinations of the respiratory system were performed. There was an improvement of the exercise capacity, recession of restriction in functional examinations and an increase in body mass.
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Keywords

megacolon; diaphragmatic hernia

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Title

Megacolon imitating emphysema in the course of diaphragmatic hernia

Journal

Advances in Respiratory Medicine

Issue

Vol 72, No 11-12 (2004)

Pages

519-522

Published online

2008-02-18

Bibliographic record

Pneumonol Alergol Pol 2004;72(11-12):519-522.

Keywords

megacolon
diaphragmatic hernia

Authors

Piotr Korczyński
Katarzyna Górska
Andrzej Dąbrowski
Marek Pertkiewicz
Ireneusz W. Krasnodębski
Ryszarda Chazan

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