Case Report
2021 September
Volume : 9 Issue : 3

Bochdalek hernia in an adult patient in the disguise of hydropneumothorax - A diagnostic interrogation

Kanugula S, Vedula RR

Pdf Page Numbers :- 178-183

Sahaja Kanugula1, and Rajanikanth R Vedula1,*


1Department of Radiodiagnosis, Great Eastern Medical School & Hospital, Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh, India


*Corresponding author: Prof. Rajanikanth R. Vedula MD, DMRD, FIMSA, FRCP (Glasgow), Apt.101, Woods, Somajiguda, Rajbhavan Road, Hyderabad-500082, India. Tel.: 9989773473. Email:


Received 15 April 2021; Revised 20 May 2021; Accepted 1 June 2021; Published 11 June 2021


Citation: Kanugula S, Vedula RR. Bochdalek hernia in an adult patient in the disguise of hydropneumothorax - A diagnostic interrogation. J Med Sci Res. 2021; 9(3):178-183. DOI:


Copyright: © 2021 Kanugula S et al. Published by KIMS Foundation and Research Center. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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Congenital diaphragmatic hernias are most common postero laterally which are called as Bochdalek hernias. They are very rare to occur in adults. Here we present a case of 50-year-old male who presented with acute respiratory distress with suspected diagnosis of hydropneumothorax which was later confirmed as left sided Bochdalek hernia. The defect was surgically repaired using a PTF mesh, after returning the contents of hernia into abdomen. This communication emphasizes the need to detect diaphragmatic hernia disguised as hydropneumothorax to avoid fatal complications.


Keywords: diaphragmatic hernia; hydropneumothorax; Bochdalek hernia