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How common are congenital diaphragmatic hernias?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

A congenital diaphragmatic hernia is a birth defect that occurs in about 1 of every 2,500 births. There are two types of congenital diaphragmatic hernias - Bochdalek and Morgagni. Bochdalek hernia is the more common form of CDH. If you have a child with CDH there is a slightly increased risk of having another child with a congenital diaphragmatic hernia. Although Morgagni hernias are rare both types of CDH are life-threatening.

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