Incarcerated diaphragmatic hernias are often challenging to diagnose.1 Patients often present with non-specific abdominal symptoms, and barring an imaging modality that confirms herniation of intra-abdominal contents, there is no investigation sensitive or specific enough to identify it. It is a rare cause of mechanical bowel obstruction that clinicians should be aware of. This report describes a case of an 81-year-old man who presented to the emergency department with ongoing dyspnoea and constipation secondary to a partial large bowel obstruction due to an incarcerated Morgagni hernia. This case highlights the non-specific symptoms of this condition that often leads to a delayed diagnosis and aims to increase the awareness among clinicians.
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Contributors KTC performed the literature review and was in charge of drafting of the manuscript after patient consent was obtained. H-CC provided overall oversight as the senior surgeon involved in this case.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.
Patient consent for publication Obtained.
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