Pronounced: Die-uh-frag-mat-ic hur-nee-uhEn Español (Spanish Version)
Diaphragmatic hernia is a congenital defect in which an opening is present in the diaphragm at birth. The diaphragm is the partition separating the chest and abdominal cavities. The abnormal opening allows some of the organs typically found in the abdomen to move into the chest cavity. In infants born with diaphragmatic hernia, the abdominal organs push up against the lungs. This prevents the lungs from developing normally.
Diaphragmatic hernia is a serious condition with many potential complications and side effects.
Last reviewedMay 2013by Marcin Chwistek, MD; Brian Randall, MD
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