Research: Iatrogenic Right-Sided Diaphragmatic Hernia After Colonoscopy


. 2024 May 6;16(5):e59761.

 doi: 10.7759/cureus.59761. eCollection 2024 May.

Iatrogenic Right-Sided Diaphragmatic Hernia After Colonoscopy

Jiddu A Guart 1Trenton Taros 2Robert Guber 2Camille Briskin 2

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Congenital diaphragmatic hernias (CDH) occur as a result of genetic and environmental factors that occur during the early stages of fetal development. Overall, CDH are considered to be quite rare and are often discovered when patients are neonates. The patient in this case underwent a routine colonoscopy for high-risk polyps but then developed the sudden onset of cramping abdominal pain and PO (per os) intolerance. She was found to have a right-sided diaphragmatic hernia which ultimately required operative intervention. Retrospectively, a close review of prior imaging revealed a potential diaphragm defect. Post-colonoscopy diaphragmatic hernias are very rare and right-sided ones are rarer, making this case report an important addition to the literature.

Keywords: colonoscopy; diagnostic laparoscopy; diaphragmatic hernia; endoscopy; public health and safety.

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