A New Challenge: Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia

Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH)

·         Mortality> 50%

·         Pulmonary hypoplasia, pulm. hypertension universal

·         High rate of associated malformations

·         Diaphragmatic defect is relatively easy to repair after birth.

·         Lung (and vascular) disease that results cannot be repaired

·         Repair the defect in fetal life to allow lung growth?

Congenital diaphragmatic hernia: Birth defect in which malformation of the diaphragm allows the abdominal organs to push into the thorax and interfere with proper lung formation. 

Role of Sonography:

1.     Make sure the diagnosis is correct

2.     Identify additional defects

3.     Determine the severity of the defect




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