What Is a Bruised Diaphragm?

A bruised diaphragm falls into the category of diaphragmatic injuries, according to Medscape, and means that the diaphragm has suffered some sort of blunt trauma. Car accidents and violent injuries to the chest and trunk areas are two common causes, but a small portion of these injuries is caused by medical intervention.

Those dealing with a bruised diaphragm may have little to no symptoms, but if the injury is severe enough, they may experience trouble breathing, coughing or symptoms indicative of a bowel obstruction. Patients generally recover well from these types of injuries, but serious cases may require surgery to repair the issue, states an article published in the Journal of Emergencies, Trauma and Shock.