Thoracoscopic Bochdalek hernia repair in a newborn
Epublication WebSurg.com, Mar 2016;16(03). URL: http://websurg.com/doi/vd01en4691
Congenital diaphragmatic hernias (CDH) occur when muscle portions of the diaphragm fail to develop normally, resulting in the displacement of abdominal components into the thoracic cavity. CDHs occur mainly during the eighth to the tenth weeks of fetal life. Bochdalek hernias, caused by posterolateral defects of diaphragm, usually present with severe respiratory distress immediately after birth, which is life-threatening. Once diagnosed, Bochdalek hernias should be surgically treated during the neonatal period. We present a clinical case of a newborn with 38 weeks of gestation with the prenatal diagnosis of left diaphragmatic hernia. A thoracoscopic repair was performed with parent agreement.