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Research: Urgent surgical repair of symptomatic Bochdalek hernia containing an intrathoracic kidney

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Research: Urgent surgical repair of symptomatic Bochdalek hernia containing an intrathoracic kidney

Ann R Coll Surg Engl

. 2021 Jan;103(1):e10-e12. doi: 10.1308/rcsann.2020.0190. Epub 2020 Aug 24. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32829650/

Urgent surgical repair of symptomatic Bochdalek hernia containing an intrathoracic kidney

J M Halle-Smith 1R Pande 1E A Griffiths 1Affiliations expand

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Abstract

Bochdalek hernias rarely contain an intrathoracic kidney, and there are few reports of their operative repair. A woman presented with progressive dyspnoea limiting her quality of life. Imaging showed a Bochdalek hernia containing omentum, large bowel and the left kidney. The woman was unexpectedly admitted to the intensive care unit with respiratory failure secondary to gallstone pancreatitis whilst awaiting elective repair of her hernia. Surgical repair of the hernia was performed via laparotomy with cholecystectomy to treat both problems. The woman recovered well and is independently mobile without any exertional dyspnoea.

Keywords: Bochdalek hernia; Intrathoracic kidney.

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