The treatment of babies with diaphragmatic hernia after delivery has improved significantly over the past 15 years. The survival rate for most babies is currently approximately 70 percent.
Open fetal surgery for CDH has been augmented by fetal tracheal occlusion. Fetal intervention for CDH continues to evolve. Performance of occlusion can be performed through a single entry port technique. This technique allows occlusion of the fetal trachea with an inflatable and detachable balloon. In a recent Eurofetus study, severe risk babies were given a endoscopic tracheal occlusion with encouraging results: the procedure increased survival rates from 10-40 percent to 40-80 percent.
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The Fetal Treatment Program is a partnership of Hasbro Children's Hospital, Women & Infants' Hospital and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.