Left sided flank pain due to Bochdalek hernia with intrathoracic kidney

Sophia Liff Maibom, Phillip Ryom, Katrine Schou-Jensen


A 40 year old woman had undergone surgery as a newborn due to a left sided congenital Bochdalek hernia with the ventricle, spleen, left kidney and adrenal gland located intrathoracically. After three pregnancies, she developed left sided flank pain and dyspnea. A CT scan showed a diaphragmatic hernia with a malrotated intrathoracic placed left kidney with minimal hydronephrosis. The spleen was located caudally in the left iliac fossa; there were no other abnormalities. The patient underwent a thoracotomy with a small resection of the diaphragm in order to replace the kidney in the abdominal cavity and closure of the diaphragmatic defect with a Gore-Tex patch.

Original languageEnglish
JournalScandinavian Journal of Urology
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)79-80
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2019


  • Abnormalities, Multiple/surgery
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Flank Pain/etiology
  • Hernias, Diaphragmatic, Congenital/complications
  • Humans
  • Kidney/abnormalities
  • Thorax


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