A hole in the diaphragm can allow abdominal contents to push up into the chest cavity. In severe instances, a baby's stomach and part of the large intestines will displace the heart and lungs, requiring emergency surgery.
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Diaphragmatic hernia: Passage of a loop of bowel through the diaphragm muscle. This type of hernia occurs as the bowel from the abdomen 'herniates' upward through the diaphragm into the chest (thoracic) cavity. Diaphragmatic hernias may be congenital or acquired. Congenital diaphragmatic hernias are present at birth. They occur because of abnormal
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A condition present at birth where there is abnormal protrusion of abdominal contents upward through a defect in the diaphragm. This condition is treated as a surgical emergency due to interference with the infant's breathing. Smaller, less serious diaphragmatic hernias may also be seen in adults. ... (27 Sep 1997) ...
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protrusion of some of the contents of the abdomen through an opening in the diaphragm and into the thoracic cavity. The condition may be congenital or acquired.Congenital diaphragmatic hernia is seen in newborn babies, caused by failure of the embryonic diaphragm to fuse. The resulting opening may be large enough to permit fill...
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diaphragmatic hernia A condition present at birth where there is an abnormal protrusion of abdominal contents upward through a defect in the diaphragm. This condition is treated as a surgical emergency due to interference with the infant's breathing. Smaller, less serious diaphragmatic hernias may also be seen in adults.
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A birth defect that affects approximately 1 in 2,200 to 5,000 live births. Adiaphragmatic hernia occurs when there is an opening in the diaphragm that allows the contents of the stomach, small intestine, spleen, liver, or kidney to appear in the chest cavity. Because there are other organs in the chest cavity, the lungs are not able to develop...
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Type: Term Definitions: 1. protrusion of abdominal contents into the chest through a weakness in the respiratory diaphragm; a common type is the hiatal hernia.
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Rupture of the diaphragm, with movement of some of the abdominal contents into the chest cavity.
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Diaphragmatic hernia is a defect or hole in the diaphragm that allows the abdominal contents to move into the chest cavity. Treatment is usually surgical. The following types of diaphragmatic hernia exist: ==Signs and symptoms== A scaphoid abdomen (sucked inwards) may be the presenting symptom in a newborn. ==Diagnosis== Diagnosis can be made by e
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