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Author: Dawn Ireland

Right sided congenital diaphragmatic hernia is seen in about 15% of cases and these patients usually do not have respiratory distress at birth and hence presentation and diagnosis is delayed [1,2]. In right sided defect, most common organ to herniate through the defect is liver. In...

Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) results from incomplete formation of the diaphragm leading to herniation of abdominal organs into the thoracic cavity. CDH is associated with pulmonary hypoplasia, congenital heart disease and pulmonary hypertension. Genetically, it is associated with aneuploidies, chromosomal copy number variants, and single gene...

Thoracoscopic repair of congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) has been associated with faster recovery, earlier extubation, and decreased morbidity. Nevertheless, thoracoscopic repair is rarely attempted in the post-extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) patient. Commonly cited reasons for not attempting thoracoscopy include concerns that the patients' respiratory status...