Am J Perinatol 2001; 18(5): 241-244
DOI: 10.1055/s-2001-16992

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Prenatal Diagnosis of Congenital Diaphragmatic Eventration by Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Yojiro Tsukahara1 , Yasumasa Ohno1 , Atsuo Itakura2 , Shigehiko Mizutani2
  • 1Department of Maternity and Perinatal Care Center, Nagoya University Hospital and
  • 2Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Nagoya University School of Medicine, Nagoya, Japan
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Publication Date:
10 September 2001 (online)


Diaphragmatic eventration is a rare abnormality, which has the similar ultrasonographic features to congenital diaphragmatic hernia. Therefore, these two diseases are difficult to differentiate from each other prenatally. We present here a case in which the presence of congenital diaphragmatic eventration was strongly suggested by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasonography. A 26-year-old pregnancy woman, gravida 0, para 0, week 35, was admitted to our hospital with an ultrasonographic abnormality of the fetal thorax. MRI and ultrasonography showed interesting features which strongly suggested the presence of congenital diaphragmatic eventration and helped to differentiate it from congenital diaphragmatic hernia.