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.

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What is a congenital diaphragmatic hernia?

Hole. A congenital diaphragmatic hernia (cdh) is a hole in the muscle that separates the abdomen from the chest. This allows intestines to get into the chest affecting the development and function of the lungs. Some infants with cdh have severe respiratory issues. Read more...
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...
CDH-variable defect. A fetus needs the diaphragm,between the abdomen and the lungs to form a complete wall, so the lungs have room to grow normally.A big hole allows the gut to herniate, compress the lungs and they may not develop.A smaller hole, may keep the gut out until baby swallows enough air to push the gut through the hole.The worst defects are often fatal,lesser ones can end up normal with a lot of help. Read more...

What are the treatment options for a congenital diaphragmatic hernia?

Surgery. A diaphragmatic hernia is a hole in the muscle separating abdomen from chest. Intestines in the chest affect respiratory function negatively. Once an infant is born who has a cdh a period of stabilization is often required and then surgical repair is done. Success rate is quite high compared to 20-30 years ago. Read more...
Depends. Depends on the clinical scenario, but options include surgery while the baby is still in the womb, immediate surgery at the moment of delivery, or surgical therapy within days to weeks after delivery. Ask about a pediatric surgery consultation for more info about your specific case. Read more...

Could a congenital diaphragmatic hernia be life-threatening for the infant?

Absolutely. If the abdominal contents come up through the hernia into the chest when the baby is born, they can prevent the lungs from expanding properly and prevent the newborn from breathing effectively. If known ahead of time, baby should be delivered in a place that can do immediate surgery on infant. Some places even doing the surgery before baby born. You need a maternal-fetal specialist to help out. Read more...
Yes. Infant would need to be born at hospital with level three intensive care nursery and access to pediatric surgery, pediatric cardiology. Read more...
Lethal if severe.. Cdh is always serious, frequently life-threatening and sometimes perinatally lethal even with optimal care. In fact, it is frequently lethal if severe, untreated, unsuspected prenatally, or substandardly treated in utero or postnatally. See dr. Rodrigo ruano at tch pavilion for women in houston, tx, for endotracheal balloon occlusion fetal therapy to optimize outcomes of severe cases. Read more...

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...

Can a baby die from congenital diaphragmatic hernia?

Yes. If the defect forms early in pregnancy and the lungs are poorly developed then the infant may not be able to live without artificial support. Read more...
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...

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...

Is there a gene that cause congenital diaphragmatic hernia?

No. The answer is no, at least as far as we know in the common meaning of the question. Having said that, almost 50% of congenital diaphragmatic hernias occur in association with other anomalies (e.g. Major structural anomalies, chromosomal anomalies, genetic syndromes, etc.). Read more...
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...

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

Depends. If the infant went through a complete pregnancy before the herniation, initial stabilization ; repair can have a great outcome (normal lung development ; few lung problems after infancy) . If herniation occurred during pregnancy, outcome depends on how bad it impaired lung development.Early recognition at birth with placement of a stomach tube ; breathing tube may give baby a chance. Read more...
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...

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

Yes. Many infants with congenital diaphragmatic hernia (cdh) who survive the neonatal period continue to have respiratory insufficiency (mild to moderate lung disease) for many months. This is because the lung was poorly developed at birth. Most survivors with cdh only recover without significant long-term problems, but cdh can be associated with other defects with their own long-term problems. Read more...
Yes. Frequent lung infections like pneumonia, strain on the heart (right heart failure with enlargement of liver, collection of fluid in the abdomen, swelling of legs etc), difficulty in breathing, intolerance to exercise, reactive airway disease similar to asthma etc. Read more...
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...