This presentation reviews the recommendations developed by the interdisciplinary and geographically-representative “Canadian Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Collaborative” regarding the management of infants with congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH). These guidelines address the entire spectrum of care for these infants, from prenatal diagnosis to in-hospital subspecialty care to long-term surveillance. Their intended audience includes all stakeholders caring for CDH infants and includes maternal fetal medicine specialists, neonatal and pediatric critical care physicians, pediatric surgeons and pediatric sub-specialists, as well pediatricians and other primary care physicians involved in long-term disability surveillance.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • understand the rationale behind the development of consensus guidelines for congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH)
  • gain an appreciation of the process and challenges associated the development of these clinical practice guidelines
  • review the tenets of management for CDH infants through the prenatal, in-hospital, and post-discharge surveillance phases of CDH care