Indexed on: 23 Sep '98Published on: 23 Sep '98Published in: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
The purpose of this study was to assess perinatal outcome in cases of prenatally diagnosed congenital diaphragmatic hernia and identify the prognostic value of various prenatal factors.Retrospective review of fetal medicine, obstetric and histopathology records in all 34 cases of congenital diaphragmatic hernia identified prenatally between 1992 and 1996 at a tertiary referral fetal medicine unit.Overall survival was 18%. None of those with bilateral (0/1) or right-sided (0/5) congenital diaphragmatic hernia survived, whereas 21% (6/28) of those with left-sided hernias survived. Prenatal karyotyping was performed in 71% (n = 24) and five chromosomal abnormalities were identified. The pregnancy was terminated in 15 cases (44%). In the 19 continuing pregnancies, the survival rate was 32% (6/19). In those with an isolated congenital diaphragmatic hernia, the survival rate was 38% (5/13), and in those in which the hernia was isolated and left-sided, the survival rate was 56% (5/9). In ongoing pregnancies diagnosed after 24 weeks, the survival rate was 33% (2/6) compared with 31% (4/13) in pregnancies diagnosed at < or = 24 weeks. Of those infants who had surgical repair, six out of seven (86%) survived.These data clearly demonstrate an improved prognosis in fetuses with an isolated left-sided congenital diaphragmatic hernia.