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WARREN ALPERT MEDICAL SCHOOL OF BROWN UNIVERSITY

The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia
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WHAT IS DIAPHRAGMATIC HERNIA (CDH)?

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Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (or CDH) is a relatively rare condition of the fetus and the newborn. It describes the presence of abdominal content (usually intestines) inside the chest, through a hole in the diaphragm. As a result, the lung on that side cannot grow normally, and infants born with CDH often have severe respiratory problems at birth. In severe situations, the lungs may not be able to function at all, making the condition life-threatening.
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PRENATAL TREATMENT FOR DIAPHRAGMATIC HERNIA

We are now conducting a pilot program to treat the most severe forms of diaphragmatic hernia before birth. Thanks to an Investigational Device Exemption from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), we now offer fetal tracheal occlusion using a minimally invasive technique. For more information, click here or contact our coordinator at coordinator@fetal-treatment.org.

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