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Help save and support children with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH) My son Levy Chance passed away from this birth defect in June 2007. I want to help educate people about this condition so maybe one day we can stop this from happening to…Read More

What tests are used to diagnose a congenital diaphragmatic hernia?

CDH is often discovered during a routine prenatal ultrasound around the 15th - 20th week of the pregnancy. The ultrasound may show abdominal organs (intestines, stomach, liver) in the chest cavity where the lungs should be. In some cases, CDH is not apparent…Read More

How often does a diaphragmatic hernia occur?

The Bochdalek hernia: (one type of a diaphragmatic hernia) This certain type of hernia makes up about 90 percent of all diaphragmatic hernia cases which occurs in one out of every 2,200 to 5,000 live births. Morgagni (another type of a diaphragmatic hernia)…Read More

What causes Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH)?

Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH) is caused by the diaphragm not closing or forming at around 8 weeks of gestation. Organs that would should have been in the abdominal cavity then float into the chest cavity through the opening in the diaphragm, taking up…Read More

What is a Diaphragmatic Hernia?

A diaphragmatic hernia is a birth defect, which is an abnormality that occurs before birth as a fetus is forming in the mother's uterus. An opening is present in the diaphragm (the muscle that separates the chest cavity from the abdominal cavity). With this…Read More
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