Thoracoscopic repair of right-sided diaphragmatic hernia after liver transplantation for hepatoblastoma

Michael Kueht, Mark Mazziotti, Bethany Slater, Christine O'Mahony, John Goss

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Diaphragmatic hernia has been increasingly reported as a rare complication of liver transplantation. Here, we report a case of diagnosis and successful treatment of right-sided diaphragmatic herniation following transplantation of a left-lateral graft in a 14-month old patient treated for hepatoblastoma with neoadjuvant chemotherapy. We suspect a combination of factors contributed to this case of diaphragmatic herniation after liver transplantation, including the patient's suboptimal nutritional status, prior chemotherapy, medial positioning of the graft, and intra-operative photocoagulation. This complication was repaired definitively and with low morbidity utilizing a minimally invasive approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)219-221
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Pediatric Surgery Case Reports
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Chemotherapy
  • Diaphragmatic hernia
  • Infant
  • Liver transplant
  • Minimally invasive
  • Thoracoscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Surgery


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