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Traumatic Diaphragmatic Injury

The diaphragm is a muscle that assists in breathing and also separates the chest and abdominal cavity. Injury occurs either by a sharp object penetrating the diaphragm or by a rapid significant increase in pressure across the diaphragm secondary to large compressive forces, such as those created when the chest/abdomen strikes the steering wheel during rapid deceleration within a vehicle. In addition to motor vehicle accidents, other possible causes include falls from great heights, gunshot and stabbing injuries.

Symptoms and Treatment

Symptoms of a traumatic diaphragmatic injury are numerous and can include the following: abdominal pain and discomfort; difficulty breathing and/or shortness of breath; chest pain located over the sternum and upper abdomen; rapid heart rate; and fast, shallow breathing. With a penetrating injury, there is most likely injury to other nearby structures. There will also likely be mild to moderate internal bleeding.

Treatment of a diaphragmatic injury is surgical repair.

Prognosis of a Diaphragmatic Injury

People typically have a good prognosis with a complete recovery. However, injury and subsequent surgical repair of the diaphragm creates a weak point in the muscle that is at risk of opening later in life with possible hernia formation.

Contact a Dependable Attorney Today

If you have suffered serious diaphragmatic injuries in a Missouri car accident, it is crucial to attain the immediate assistance of an experienced personal injury lawyer. Our dedicated attorneys understand what you are going through and can help you through this difficult process. Call (314) 322-8515 today to learn about the best legal support after an accident.

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