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June 1946


Am J Dis Child. 1946;71(6):579-592. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1946.02020290002001

CONGENITAL hernias of the diaphragm occur with such frequency that they can no longer be classed as pathologic curiosities. Surgical attack on these malformations has now reached a stage where it is usually possible to correct the deformity, regardless of the small size of the subject. It is important to emphasize for the practitioner or pediatrician that the early recognition and treatment of this deformity can restore the patient to health in a most satisfying manner.

Several excellent treatises on the surgical management of congenital diaphragmatic hernias have previously been published.1 I should like to place on record the following series of 7 cases of this deformity in which I personally have treated the patients. This small group does not include all of the variations which one can encounter in malformations of the diaphragm, yet the experience is sufficiently broad to serve as a foundation for the discussion of

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