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RESEARCH: “Beyond Belsey: complex laparoscopic hiatus and diaphragmatic hernia repair”

Diaphragmatic and hiatus hernias can cause mild chronic symptoms or have an acute presentation with gastric volvulus and obstruction. Elective or emergency surgery is indicated in symptomatic patients and nowadays is generally performed laparoscopically. We report four different types of hernias: a giant hiatus hernia following a gastric pull-up for recurrent congenital diaphragmatic hernia; a …

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RESEARCH: “Congenital peritoneopericardial diaphragmatic hernia in a family of Persian cats”

The congenital midline defects of peritoneopericardial diaphragmatic hernia (PPDH) and omphalocele are believed to be related developmental defects, and have both been described in cats and dogs. This case series describes multiple cases of PPDH and omphalocele in related cats. The majority of cats affected with midline defects (PPDH or omphalocele) were male, consistent with …

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Featured Doctor: Dr. C. Jason Smithers, MD

We would like to thank Dr. C. Jason Smithers, MD, with Boston Children’s Hospital for Bringing Hope Around the World to our CDH families. Anthony Croce, dad to cherub Jordan, had this to say about Dr. Smithers: “I would like to give tribute to Children’s Hospital of Boston. We found out 6 months along that …

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Current Fundraisers: Week of October 15th

Here is a list of the current Facebook fundraisers benefiting CDH International and CHERUBS: Maribel’s Birthday Fundraiser Chrissy Justine Hastert’s Fundraiser Elizabeth’s Birthday Fundraiser Elisabeth’s Birthday Fundraiser Daniel’s Birthday Fundraiser Julie’s Birthday Fundraiser Vickie’s Birthday Fundraiser Lori’s Birthday Fundraiser Shelby’s Birthday Fundraiser Linda’s Birthday Fundraiser Darlene Brannan’s Fundraiser Rachel’s Birthday Fundraiser Deborah’s Birthday Fundraiser Randy’s …

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CDHi Attends International Symposium on Pediatric Research in Taormina, Italy

From our President, Dawn Torrence Ireland:  “This week I am at the International Symposium on Pediatric Research in Taormina, Italy. There is so much fascinating CDH research being presented here that it really encourages me to be hopeful of what will come out of the labs and the ORs for these patients in the next …

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RESEARCH – “Prenatal profile of Pallister-Killian syndrome: Retrospective analysis of 114 pregnancies, literature review and approach to prenatal diagnosis”

Pallister-Killian syndrome (PKS) is a tissue limited mosaic disorder, characterized by variable degrees of neurodevelopmental delay and intellectual disability, typical craniofacial findings, skin pigmentation anomalies and multiple congenital malformations. The wide phenotypic spectrum of PKS in conjunction with the mosaic distribution of the i(12p) makes PKS an underdiagnosed disorder. Recognition of prenatal findings that should …

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RESEARCH – “Fetal brain morphometry on prenatal magnetic resonance imaging in congenital diaphragmatic hernia”

Many infants with congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) show brain abnormality on postnatal brain MRI related to severity of CDH, degree of lung hypoplasia, intrathoracic liver, right diaphragmatic hernia and large diaphragmatic defect. It is not known whether these factors affect brain growth in utero in CDH. Read more HERE.

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RESEARCH – “Comparison of Laparoscopic Versus Open Surgical Management of Morgagni Hernia”

Morgagni hernias are rare congenital diaphragmatic hernias that often do not become clinically significant until adulthood. The purpose of this study was to characterize the pre-operative findings and describe surgical outcomes of Morgagni hernia repair based on operative approach. Retrospective chart review from 1987 to 2015 of patients who underwent repair of a Morgagni hernia. …

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RESEARCH – “Thoracoscopic Treatment of Late-Presenting Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia in Infants and Children”

Given that the application of thoracoscopic surgery to late-presenting congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) in infants and children is controversial, we summarized our experiences with patients at two medical centers and aimed to discuss the safety and feasibility of thoracoscopic repair. Read more HERE.