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Should a diaphragmatic hernia be operated on even if it is small in an adult?

Should a diaphragmatic hernia be operated on even if it is small in an adult?

No: Hiatal hernias are so common as to be nearly a normal finding. Unless it is a paraesophageal hernia keep the knives in a drawer. ...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


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What is diaphragmatic hernia?

What is diaphragmatic hernia?

Bowel in chest: Bowel pokes through defect in diaphragm and gets into chest cavity. Congenital causes poor development of the affected lung, causing a newborn to need a ventilator or ecmo. Adults can get with abdomen trauma, like stab wounds that cut the diaphragm. Less dangerous because lung is normal and should re-expand when fixed. Similar is hiatal hernia, where stomach slides through opening for esophagus. ...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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What causes a diaphragmatic hernia?

Birth defect: It is a failure of the tissue that will form the diaphragm musle to fuse in the midline and separate the abdominal compartment from the chest compartment. ...Read more

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What is a cogenital diaphragmatic hernia?

What is a cogenital diaphragmatic hernia?

Hernia of diaphragm: A congenital diaphragmatic hernia is an opening in the diaphragm muscle that allows the abdominal organs to creep into the chest and affect the formation of fetal lungs. Growth of lungs is affected and this may gravely affect prognosis. ...Read more

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What are the effects of a diaphragmatic hernia?

What are the effects of a diaphragmatic hernia?

Lung hypoplasia.: Congenital diaphragmatic hernia is a rare but devastating anomaly that affects mainly the fetal lung growth and development to the point that perinatal survival is jeopardized unless prompt and expert care is instituted. Even then, the prognosis depends more on the severity of the diaphragmatic defect than on the quality of care. Several lethal syndromes are associated with it so seek multi-d care. ...Read more

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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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Diaphragmatic hernia in my baby brother, what to do?

Diaphragmatic hernia in my baby brother, what to do?

Seek medical ...: Attention in a good pediatric health care facility. A diaphragmatic hernia (hole in diaphragm) is a serious deal in a baby. He needs to be cared for in a hospital with a high-level neonatal intensive care unit (nicu) and pediatric surgeons, pediatric anesthesiologists, and neonatologists. ...Read more

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


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