Prediction of morbidity during infancy after repair of congenital diaphragmatic hernia

J Pediatr Surg. 1996 Dec;31(12):1651-4. doi: 10.1016/s0022-3468(96)90040-8.


Recent studies have suggested there may be a high incidence of pulmonary and extrapulmonary sequelae among infants who have undergone repair of congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH). The aim of this study was to identify factors that predict high-risk cases to facilitate counseling of parents. Morbidity, defined as conditions requiring treatment and/or hospitalization during follow-up, was documented. Only five of 15 cases that had been diagnosed antenatally (at 16 to 26 weeks' gestation) and underwent surgical repair after preoperative stabilization were without morbidity at the time of follow-up. Respiratory problems were identified in seven (chylothorax in 3, recurrent infections in 4) and failure to thrive in four; three infants required further gastrointestinal surgery. A comparison of infants with and without morbidity showed that the only significant difference between the groups was in the duration of respiratory support. A requirement for respiratory support for more than 10 days had 90% sensitivity, 100% specificity, and a positive predictive value for morbidity at follow-up of 100%.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Hernia, Diaphragmatic / epidemiology
  • Hernia, Diaphragmatic / surgery*
  • Hernias, Diaphragmatic, Congenital
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Morbidity
  • Postoperative Complications / epidemiology*
  • Postoperative Complications / etiology
  • Prenatal Diagnosis
  • Respiratory Therapy* / adverse effects
  • Respiratory Tract Diseases / epidemiology
  • Respiratory Tract Diseases / etiology
  • Risk
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Survivors
  • Time Factors
  • Treatment Outcome