Non-neoplastic anomalies
Congenital diaphragmatic hernia

Author: Elliot Weisenberg, M.D.(see Authors page)

Revised: 8 April 2016, last major update July 2012

Copyright: (c) 2003-2016,, Inc.

Cite this page: Congenital diaphragmatic hernia. website. Accessed September 22nd, 2018.
Definition / general
  • Defective closure of diaphragm, usually left sided
  • Hernia sac usually contains all/part of stomach
  • May cause newborn respiratory insufficiency
Gross images
Images hosted on PathOut server, courtesy 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