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Is there a cure for congenital diaphragmatic hernias?

Surgery is the only way to treat the symptoms of congenital diaphragmatic hernias (CDH). There is no cure for this type of hernia. This type of hernia is a birth defect that can cause long-term health complications, including chronic lung disease, infection, and/or breathing problems. CDH can also lead to digestive tract disorders, including acid reflux disease. A child's growth may be affected, as well as their speech or hearing. Children often develop at a slower rate than children without CDH. Recent medical advances and physical therapy can help limit the effects of CDH as the child ages.

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