Clinical Image: What is Bochdalek's Hernia?

In 1848, Bochdalek described the congenital defect in fusion of the posterolateral foramina of the diaphragm.


Bochdalek's hernia on the left


Bochdalek's hernia on the left

Most Bochdalek's hernias occur on the left side, allowing protrusion of the abdominal viscera into the chest. Previously unrecognized Bochdalek's hernia in adults is often diagnosed incidentally.

Read more here in Bochdalek's Hernia from Clinical Cases and Images.

2 comments:

  1. I have had a cat scan w/contrast of the chest and a Bochdalek hernia was noticed on the right side. Is this possible? I do have pain below the breast on the right side and I have had a problem with breathing at times, which recently required E.R. visit by ambulance. They did not obviously see the hernia, if in fact it is there. What other test can confirm the hernia? I would appreciate a response if possible.

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  2. Please note that no medical advice is provided here. You must refer all questions to your physician.

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