Diaphragmatic and intercostal muscle tear after an episode of violent sneezing: Spontaneous diaphragmatic injury

Alvin H.K. Karangizi, Steven J. Renaud, Jagan N. Rao, Govind Chetty

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Spontaneous diaphragmatic injuries are rare, accounting for approximately 1% of all diaphragmatic injuries. We report a case of a 69-year-old male with a concurrent lower respiratory tract infection who sustained diaphragmatic and intercostal muscle injuries after an episode of violent sneezing. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of spontaneous diaphragmatic injury after sneezing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-302
Number of pages2
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 01-07-2013
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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