The official awareness ribbon color for Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH) is baby blue, pink and pale yellow with clouds. April 19th is Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Action Day and the month of April is Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness Month.
CHERUBS (The Association of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Research, Awareness and Support) is a Non-Profit Organization headquartered in Wake Forest, North Carolina founded in February, 1995 to support families of children born with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH) - www.cherubs-cdh.org
Severe breathing problems almost always develop shortly after the baby is born.
A diaphragmatic hernia repair is an emergency that requires surgery. Go to the emergency room or call the local emergency number (such as 911). A diaphragmatic hernia is a surgical emergency. Surgery is done to place the abdominal organs into the proper position and repair the opening in the diaphragm.
Congenital diaphragmatic hernia affects approximately 1 in 2,500 newborns. (Aprox. 1,600 cases per annum in the U.S.)
Congenital diaphragmatic hernia has a mortality rate of 40-62%, outcomes being more favorable in the absence of other congenital abnormalities. With advances in surgery and care, the survival rate is now upwards of 80%.
A Bochdalek hernia is a defect in the side or back of the diaphragm. Between 80 and 90 percent of congenital diaphragmatic hernias are of this type.
Approximately 50 to 60 percent of congenital diaphragmatic hernia cases are isolated, which means that affected individuals have no other major malformations.
In about 1 percent of cases, congenital diaphragmatic hernia has no symptoms; it may be detected incidentally when medical imaging is done for other reasons.
In 5 to 10 percent of affected individuals, signs and symptoms of congenital diaphragmatic hernia appear later in life and may include breathing problems or abdominal pain from protrusion of the intestine into the chest cavity.
In 10 to 15 percent of affected individuals, the condition appears as a feature of a disorder that affects many body systems, called a syndrome such as; Donnai-Barrow syndrome, Fryns syndrome, and Pallister-Killian mosaic syndrome.