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ISRN Surgery
Volume 2011, Article ID 974041, 8 pages
Review Article

Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia: Review of Current Concept in Surgical Management

1Department of Surgery, Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, PMB 8, Edo State, Irrua, Nigeria
2Department of Paediatrics, Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, PMB 8, Edo State, Irrua, Nigeria

Received 19 September 2011; Accepted 26 October 2011

Academic Editor: A. Petroianu

Copyright © 2011 Emeka B. Kesieme and Chinenye N. Kesieme. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Congenital diaphragmatic hernias (CDHs) occur mainly in two locations: the foramen of Morgagni and the more common type involving the foramen of Bochdalek. Hiatal hernia and paraesophageal hernia have also been described as other forms of CDH. Pulmonary hypertension and pulmonary hypoplasia have been recognized as the two most important factors in the pathophysiology of congenital diaphragmatic hernia. Advances in surgical management include delayed surgical approach that enables preoperative stabilization, introduction of fetal intervention due to improved prenatal diagnosis, the introduction of minimal invasive surgery, in addition to the standard open repair, and the use of improved prosthetic devices for closure.