Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia

Caused by failed closure of the pleuroperitoneal canal, which is the last portion of the diaphragm to close. It therefore usually occurs on the left side, posterior and laterally. Presentation is as respiratory distress at birth or several hours thereafter and is due to pulmonary hypoplasia, pulmonary artery hypertension, and/or persistence of fetal circulation. Radiographically it may be seen as air-filled bowel within the chest cavity. Initial treatment is stabilization and ventilation/oxygenation by ventilator support or by ECMO. Surgical repair involves a two layered primary closure of the defect. Occasionally, a prosthetic patch may be required.

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Your heart pumps blood throughout your body using a network of tubing called arteries and capillaries which return the blood back to your heart via your veins. Blood pressure is the force of the blood pushing against the walls of your arteries as your heart beats.Learn more...

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