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Left Bochdalek hernia with delayed presentation: report of two cases



Left Bochdalek hernia with delayed presentation: report of two cases



Croatian Medical Journal 42(5): 569-571



Left Bochdalek hernia is a serious and complex condition with high mortality. In most cases, it presents in the neonatal period and is seldom found later in life when symptomatology, usually after an asymptomatic period, is quite different and the prognosis excellent. The embryological development of left Bochdalek hernia suggests the presence of abdominal content in the left pleural cavity before birth. The type of clinical presentation and the prognosis depend on the time of visceral herniation. This study presents two cases of left Bochdalek hernia with delayed presentation. In both cases, after surgical reposition of the hernia, a small congenital diaphragmatic defect was found hidden between the rims of diaphragm. This indicates the possibility for the abdominal content to enter the left pleural cavity at the time of presentation.

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