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Dr. Darrell Cass
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Diaphragmatic Hernia (Overview)

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 rise to pulm .hypertension


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When a boy has diaphragmatic hernia, what does it mean?

When a boy has diaphragmatic hernia, what does it mean?

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

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Dr. Darrell Cass
42 doctors shared insights

Diaphragmatic Hernia (Overview)

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 rise to pulm .hypertension


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What are the symptoms of a diaphragmatic hernia?

What are the symptoms of a diaphragmatic hernia?

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. ...Read more

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Living with a Hernia (Checklist)

Avoid straining
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Consider surgical repair
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Avoid heaving lifting
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See a general surgeon
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I had an egd and was diagnosed with "diaphragmatic hernia". What is that and what can I expect moving forward?

I had an egd and was diagnosed with "diaphragmatic hernia". What is that and what can I expect moving forward?

Hiatal hernia: This is a hiatal hernia, and they are usually nothing to worry about unless they are large. These large hernias are referred to as paraesophageal hernias, and may need surgical repair. Small hernias can enlarge with time, but it takes years or decades to do so. Ask your GI doc or primary care for more info. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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There anyone you know had diaphragmatic hernia as a teen?

There anyone you know had diaphragmatic hernia as a teen?

Need more info: Diaphragmatic matic hernia is very broad and covers many different types of hernias. Assuming you mean a hiatal hernia, yes teens can have them. It is not common. ...Read more

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What causes diaphragmatic hernia?

What causes diaphragmatic hernia?

Lack of development: Poor or incomplete development of the pluroperitoneal membrane which forms the diaphragm muscle. ...Read more

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How to treat diaphragmatic hernia in fetus?

How to treat diaphragmatic hernia in fetus?

May need surgery: Diaphragmatic hernia in utero has a range of severity from minor to life threatening at birth. A neonatologist or pediatric surgeon can help sort that out. There are only one or two centers in the us performing corrective fetal surgery. One is in the san francisco area. ...Read more

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How do doctors treat a diaphragmatic hernia?

How do doctors treat a diaphragmatic hernia?

Surgical repair.: In utero, the optimal treatment of severe non-syndromic cdh cases is the placement of an endotracheal balloon to occlude the fetal trachea and help the lungs develop. Postnatally, the neonatologists and pediatric surgeons collaborate to support sick newborns around the surgical repair of the diaphragmatic defects with a mesh. Brain injury can occur at that time. Mild cases are asymptomatic. ...Read more

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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