Congenital diaphragmatic hernia: advances in prenatal therapy.


Journal Article (Review)

Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) is one of the most common causes of neonatal morbidity and mortality. The clinical spectrum of CDH ranges from minimally affected infants who do well with modern neonatal care to severely affected infants who die despite all interventions. Two decades of research have led to advances in the prenatal diagnosis of CDH and have better defined the natural history of CDH. Fetuses with CDH now can be stratified into "low" and "high" risk groups based on sonographic parameters. "Low risk" fetuses have an excellent chance of survival with postnatal therapy. Prenatal intervention is reserved for "high risk" fetuses. Ongoing research is focused on improving both prenatal and postnatal treatment of these severely affected infants.

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Cited Authors

  • Sydorak, RM; Harrison, MR

Published Date

  • January 2003

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 27 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 68 - 76

PubMed ID

  • 12557040

Pubmed Central ID

  • 12557040

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1432-2323

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0364-2313

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s00268-002-6739-0


  • eng