Research:What should we tell parents? Congenital diaphragmatic hernia

Prenat Diagn

. 2020 Dec 17. doi: 10.1002/pd.5880. Online ahead of print.

What should we tell parents? Congenital diaphragmatic hernia

Francesca M Russo 1 2Anne Debeer 2 3Paolo De Coppi 4 5Koenraad Devriendt 6Neeltje Crombag 2Talia Hubble 2 7Beverley Power 8Alexandra Benachi 9 10Jan Deprest 1 2 11Affiliations expand

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Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) is characterized by a defect in the muscle dividing the thoracic and abdominal cavities. This leads to herniation of the abdominal organs into the thorax and a disturbance of lung development. Two-thirds of cases are identified by prenatal ultrasound in the second trimester, which should prompt referral to a tertiary center for prognosis assessment and counseling by a multidisciplinary team familiar with this condition. In this review, we summarize evidence on prenatal diagnosis and postnatal management of CDH. There is a focus on information that should be provided to expecting parents during prenatal counseling.

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