Pars sternalis diaphragmatic hernia with omphalocele: A report of two cases

Lawrence W. Milne, Anne Marie Morosin, John R. Campbell, Marvin W. Harrison

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A rare type of congenital diaphragmatic hernia occurs in which there is a large opening in the anterior diaphragm between the pericardial and peritoneal cavities without a sac. This hernia is invariably associated with defects in the anterior abdominal wall and with sternal defects. More commonly, it is associated with cardiac anomalies as in the Pentalogy of Cantrell. The etiology of this hernia is undoubtedly different from the more common hernia of Morgagni, which has a sac and few associated anomalies. The etiology may be failure of fusion of the pars sternalis area of the septum transversum. Only five other cases have been described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)726-730
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of pediatric surgery
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1990
Externally publishedYes


  • Diaphragmatic hernia
  • Pentalogy of Cantrell
  • omphalocele
  • pars sternalis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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