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Fetal lung volume in congenital diaphragmatic hernia
  1. M Bonfils1,
  2. G Emeriaud1,
  3. C Durand2,
  4. S Brancato1,
  5. F Nugues2,
  6. P-S Jouk3,
  7. I Wroblewski1,
  8. T Debillon1
  1. 1Service de Réanimation Néonatale, Grenoble Teaching Hospital, Grenoble, France
  2. 2Service de Radiologie Pédiatrique, Grenoble Teaching Hospital
  3. 3Centre Pluridisciplinaire de Diagnostique Périnatal, Grenoble Teaching Hospital
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr Emeriaud
    Service de Réanimation Néonatale, CHU de Grenoble, BP 217, 38043 Grenoble Cedex 09, France; GEmeriaud{at}


In a retrospective study of 22 neonates with congenital diaphragmatic hernia, fetal lung volume (FLV) measured by magnetic resonance imaging was associated with survival; the best FLV ratio cut-off to predict mortality was 30% of expected FLV. This study supports a correlation between FLV and the chances of survival.

  • CDH, congenital diaphragmatic hernia
  • FLV, fetal lung volume
  • diaphragmatic hernia
  • lung volume
  • prenatal
  • prognosis

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  • Competing interests: none declared

  • Published Online First 31 January 2006

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