What is congenital diaphragmatic hernia?

Also known as: CDH

The diaphragm is the muscular boundary that helps separate the contents of the chest from those of the abdomen. When there’s a hole within the diaphragm of a growing fetus while it’s in the mother’s womb, this is known as a congenital diaphragmatic hernia, or CDH. This birth defect is large enough for organs to poke through the hole in the diaphragm and into the chest, which leads to other complications.


Reviewed by: Shifra A Koyfman, MD

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