Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia

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Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia

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Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Documented for 300 Years?

Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia has been recorded for over 300 years, but no one has ever heard of it, unless they encounter it.

Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) was first described in 1679 by Lazarus Riverius who incidentally noted a CDH on a postmortem examination in a 24 year old.

In 1701, Sir Charles Holt described the classical clinical and postmortem findings of an infant with CDH in philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London.


In 1848, Victor Alexander Bochdalek, a professor of anatomy in Prague described both right and left posterolateral CDH. To this day, CDH commonly is referred to as a Bochdalek hernia in honor of…

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