Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Diaphragmatic Hernia Underlying Cause

The exact cause of diaphragmatic hernias in infants is unknown. For some reason, the diaphragm does not form correctly during development in the womb.

The most common diaphragmatic hernia in adults is a hiatal hernia.

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Last Updated: Dec 9, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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