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What increases my risk for a diaphragmatic hernia?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Diaphragmatic hernias can occur in any developing fetus and do not have specific risk factors associated with them. If you were not affected by a diaphragmatic hernia at birth, you are not at increased risk to develop one.  However, you may be at risk for a similar condition called a hiatal hernia.  Hiatal hernias, on the other hand, are most common in the elderly, overweight, and smokers.

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