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What is congenital diaphragmatic hernia?

What is congenital diaphragmatic hernia?

Variable defect: When the diaphram fails to finish forming, a hole is left between the chest ; abdomen ; bowel can slip into the lung cavity (herniate) before or just after birth(when baby starts to cry ; swallow air).If the lung forms well ; bowel slips later, there is a better chance of lomg term survival. Without room to form the lung on that side can fail.Rapid recognition ; suportiive care is a must. ...Read more

Dr. David Earle
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Hernia (Definition)

A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall thru which the inner lining protrudes thru, creating a sac. Organs from within the abdominal cavity, such as the intestine, can protrude thru the hole and get stuck in the sac. Many hernias develop during fetal life and become evident in childhood or as an adult. Some develop following a prior abdominal operation. The cornerstone ...Read more


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What is a congenital diaphragmatic hernia?

What is a congenital diaphragmatic hernia?

Hole in diaphragm : While there are normally openings in the diaphragm to allow passage of blood vessels and the esophagus, sometimes there are additional holes where the diaphragm doesn't form properly. If the extra hole is big enough, some abdominal organs will migrate into the chest an prevent the lung from developing, which can be fatal at birth. Small hernias may never be noticed, or last until adulthood. ...Read more

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Can a baby die from congenital diaphragmatic hernia?

Can  a baby  die from congenital diaphragmatic hernia?

Yes : If the hernia is large enough to allow the abdominal organs to go in i the chest during development, they can physically prevent the lung from developing. In its most severe case, rapid death due to inability to get oxygen in to the system can occur immediately after delivery. It is important to understand however that this is not the case for all hernias. See a pediatric surgeon for your details. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what congenital diaphragmatic hernia is?

Can you tell me what congenital diaphragmatic hernia is?

Hole in Diaphragm: A congenital diaphragmatic hernia is a defect in the diaphragm. You are born with this defect. The diaphragm is a muscle that separates the chest and abdomen. It does have normal holes for the esophogus and blood vessels to pass through. Failure of this organ to develop properly can result in a hole in the diaphragm and then organs from the abdomen can pass into the chest. ...Read more

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Please explain if it is possible for a baby to die from congenital diaphragmatic hernia?

Yes: It is possible due to the fact that the lungs may not be able to develop because the abdominal contents have herniated in to the chest. There are varying degrees of severity, and some things that can be done before birth , and immediately after birth to help. May want to see a pediatric surgeon early on for a consultation to find out more. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Does having a congenital diaphragmatic hernia predispose your child to any other diseases?

Does having a congenital diaphragmatic hernia predispose your child to any other diseases?

Yes: Depending on the mode of repair and the size of the defect some children will develop pectus excavatum. If this is significant it can be addressed surgically when child is 12-15 years of age. ...Read more

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Are there any long-term consequences of having a congenital diaphragmatic hernia if it is fixed right away?

Are there any long-term consequences of having a congenital diaphragmatic hernia if it is fixed right away?

Yes: Depending on when cdh happens during the pregnancy, associated complications like pulmonary hypoplasia (smaller amount of total lung volume), in decreased lung function, varying degrees of high blood pressure in lung blood vessels (pulmonary hypertension) etc are common complications which may continue to some extent, irrespective of when the surgery is done. ...Read more

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Are there any treatments for congenital diaphragmatic hernia?

Surgery: Surgery is required to fix a congenital diaphragmatic hernia. They are usually always repaired with discovered in babies. Sometimes we find one in an adult when looking for something else. Surgery for the hernia is then considered based on location and symptoms. ...Read more

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Is there a gene that cause congenital diaphragmatic hernia?

Is there a gene that cause congenital diaphragmatic hernia?

No: Diaphragmatic hernias occur sporadically. Incidence is about 1:4000-5000 live births. There are no known predisposing factors during the pregnancy that influence the formation of a diaphragmatic hernia. ...Read more

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Dr. Darrell Cass
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Diaphragmatic Hernia (Definition)

in the diaphragm during development in the fetus allowing the intestines and the liver to go into the chest cavity and not allowing the lung on that side to develop including abnormal pulm vasculature.giving ...Read more