Death by Late-Presenting Bochdalek Hernia in Infant Soon After Congenital Cardiac Repair

Destiny Chau, Habib Srour, Cristin Rolf, William O’connor, Kristopher Cumbermack, Lou Bezold, Deborah Kozik, Mark Plunkett, Thomas J. Murphy, Eugene Hessel

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Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) presenting beyond the neonatal period is commonly perceived to be rare. With reported frequencies of 2.6% to 20% of all CDH, it may be an overlooked cause of mortality. Variable symptomatology makes its diagnosis challenging. We report the sudden death of a 3-month-old patient shortly after hospital discharge following congenital heart surgery. Autopsy findings associated the patient’s demise with migrated abdominal contents in the chest through a Bochdalek hernia defect. No indications of CDH existed before hospital discharge. Relevant issues pertaining to congenital heart disease, CDH, and importance of autopsy in this context are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-216
Number of pages4
JournalWorld Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2013


  • comorbidity
  • congenital heart surgery
  • late-presenting Bochdalek hernia
  • morbidity)
  • outcomes (includes mortality
  • pediatric

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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