What Is Diaphragmatic Hernia?

Q:
What is diaphragmatic hernia?

A:
The diaphragm is a dome-shaped muscular barrier between the chest and abdominal cavities. It separates your heart and lungs from your abdominal organs (stomach, intestines, spleen, and liver).

A diaphragmatic hernia occurs when one or more of your abdominal organs move upward into your chest through a defect (opening) in the diaphragm. This kind of defect can be present at birth or acquired later in life.

It’s always a medical emergency and requires prompt surgery to correct. To learn more you should go to a medical professional.

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