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Is a diaphragmatic hernia serious?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

A diaphragmatic hernia is a very serious, life threatening defect. Infants with a diaphragmatic hernia require immediate medical attention.  Complications associated with diaphragmatic hernias include underdevelopment of the lungs, infection, and other permanent damage.

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