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CASE REPORT
Year : 2013  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 43-45

Congenital intrapericardial diaphragmatic hernia presenting radiologically as massive cardiomegaly


1 Department of Child Health, Paediatric Cardiology Unit, University of Benin/University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City, Nigeria
2 Department of Surgery, Cardiothoracic Unit, University of Benin/University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City, Nigeria

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Wilson E Sadoh
Department of Child Health, Paediatric Cardiology Unit, University of Benin/University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City
Nigeria
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Source of Support: This work was supported by the authors., Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0189-6725.109396

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Intrapericardial diaphragmatic hernia is uncommon condition in which abdominal content herniate into the pericardium. It is mostly of traumatic origin, sometimes it is congenital. Radiologically, the condition may be suspected when the bowel loops are seen. However, diaphragmatic hernia may simulate acute gastrothorax, pneumotocelles and pneumothorax. The case of a 3-month-old infant with congenital diaphragmatic hernia in whom the bowel loops were not seen on chest radiograph and thus presented as massive cardiomegaly, is presented. The child had a successful surgery and was discharged home.


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