Tracheal Occlusion for Fetal Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia: The US Experience

Eric Jelin, Hanmin Lee

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Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) is characterized by a defect in the diaphragm that permits abdominal viscera to herniate into the chest. These herniated viscera are thought to compress the growing lung and cause lung parenchymal and vascular hypoplasia. The genetic defects that cause the diaphragmatic defect may also contribute primarily to lung hypoplasia. Postnatal reduction of the herniated abdominal viscera and correction of the diaphragmatic defect are easily achievable, but the lung hypoplasia persists, often leading to persistent fetal circulation and respiratory failure. This article reviews the experimental basis of fetal therapy for CDH and the US clinical experience with tracheal occlusion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)349-361
Number of pages13
JournalClinics in Perinatology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Congenital diaphragmatic hernia
  • Fetal surgery
  • Fetal tracheal occlusion
  • Lung hypoplasia
  • Pulmonary hypertension

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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