BMJ Case Reports 2015; doi:10.1136/bcr-2014-208608

CT pleurogram for diagnosing an occult diaphragmatic tear

  1. Ramkumar Govindarajalou2
  1. 1Department of Radiology, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, Pondicherry, Pondicherry, India
  2. 2Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, Pondicherry, Pondicherry, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Arunkumar Govindarajan, arun.amigo{at}
  • Accepted 29 January 2015
  • Published 18 February 2015


A 27-year-old man road traffic accident victim, in his initial CT, showed fractures in left lower ribs, pleural effusion and splenic and pancreatic lacerations. The left pleural effusion, drained with an intercostal tube, did not show any significant reduction in size and pleural fluid amylase was abnormally high. A diaphragmatic tear was suspected. Contrast was injected through the intercostal tube and a CT was performed, which revealed a small diaphragmatic tear and communication of the pleural space with peritoneum and the pancreatic laceration site.

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