Other nonneoplastic lesions
Congenital diaphragmatic hernia

Topic Completed: 1 July 2012

Revised: 20 March 2019

Copyright: 2003-2019,, Inc.

PubMed Search: Congenital diaphragmatic hernia[TI] stomach

Elliot Weisenberg, M.D.
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Cite this page: Weisenberg E. Congenital diaphragmatic hernia. website. Accessed July 20th, 2019.
Definition / general
  • Defective closure of diaphragm, usually left sided
  • Hernia sac usually contains all / part of stomach
  • May cause newborn respiratory insufficiency
Gross images

Contributed by Dr. Leon Metlay, University of Rochester Medical Center

22 week fetus with congenital diaphragmatic hernia

Liver and stomach in chest, heart shifted to right, both lungs small

Hypoplastic left lung and left heart

Hypoplastic right lung

Groove in liver, where diaphragm edge was

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