A 42-year-old member asked:
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what are the symptoms of a diaphragmatic hernia?

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Dr. Rafael Lugo
27 years experience General Surgery
Short of breath: It depends on the size and location. It can be anywhere from none to sensation of fullness or shortness of breath after eating, to reflux or heartburn and chest pain.
Answered on Mar 6, 2015
Dr. Troy Reyna
43 years experience Pediatric Surgery
Respiratory failure: Infant will be unable to breathe for themselves. They will require intubation and a ventilator. They will have pulmonary hypertension which affects ability to oxygenate blood. This symptom is transient and resolves with good medical support in a level three intensive care nursery. Once circulation is normalized surgery can be done to close the hernia through abdominal incision.
Answered on Sep 30, 2020
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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
25 years experience Maternal-Fetal Medicine
None to death.: Congenital diaphragmatic hernia when isolated and mild can be asymptomatic and go undiagnosed for years/decades. When syndromic/severe it is always/frequently perinatally lethal. Most of the time, it causes varying degrees of fetal pulmonary hypoplasia and consequent neonatal respiratory distress requiring expert care. Go to tch pavilion for women in houston, tx and see dr. Ruano for consultation!
Answered on Dec 10, 2013

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