April 1st
Rome Conference Room

Auditorium Pallady

Multidisciplinary Management of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia

Birth is a wondrous miracle of nature… but even the beginning of a life can sometimes present challenges, like congenital malformations. 

A relatively common malformation that has major clinical and surgical implications is congenital diaphragmatic hernia. This occurs when the diaphragm fails to close during prenatal development. This opening allows contents of the abdomen (stomach, intestines and liver) to migrate into the chest, impacting the growth and development of the lungs. The lungs will be smaller than expected, a condition known as pulmonary hypoplasia, and will have less developed blood vessels. This in turn causes high blood pressure in the lungs, also known as pulmonary hypertension.

There is currently a growing trend towards a multidisciplinary approach for congenital diaphragmatic hernia, which includes specialists in the fields of fetal medicine, neonatology, pediatric surgery, pediatrics and pulmonology. This comprehensive, multidisciplinary care results in high success rates, as this is a high-risk birth defect.


Cătălin Cîrstoveanu

Dr. Cătălin Cîrstoveanu is an Associate Professor at Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy and Chief of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Marie Curie Children’s Clinical Hospital in Bucharest. He is one of the most renowned doctors in Romania and has managed to help build the most modern Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Europe, at Marie Curie Hospital. He is a published author in many reputable publications and has also collaborated on a number of medical books in academia.