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Diaphragmatic rupture resulting from gastrointestinal barotrauma in a scuba diver.
  1. J D Hayden,
  2. J B Davies,
  3. I G Martin
  1. Division of Surgery, Centre for Digestive Diseases, The General Infirmary at Leeds.


    A fit young man sustained a ruptured diaphragm during a recreational scuba dive three months after undergoing an uncomplicated laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication for gastro-oesophageal reflux disease. It is proposed that this rare occurrence was attributable to gastrointestinal barotrauma. The injury was treated by laparotomy, mobilisation of herniated abdominal viscera back into the abdomen, repair of the crura and gastropexy. He made a full postoperative recovery. It is concluded that scuba diving should be avoided in patients who have undergone fundoplication.

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