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What causes a diaphragmatic hernia?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

A diaphragmatic hernia occurs when an infant's diaphragm does not develop completely. A gap develops in the diaphragm and the infant's stomach organs can pass through to the chest cavity and lungs. The lung tissue on the other side is not able to develop appropriately as a result. It is unknown why these errors in develop occur and accordingly specific risk factors associated with them are also unknown.

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