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Morgagni's hernia

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An uncommon congenital defect. A congenital parasternal or retrosternal diaphragmatocele which is pouching up into the chest cavity through a less resistant part of the diaphragm (Morgagni’s foramen or Larrey's cleft).

A case of congenital diaphragmatic hernia was first reported by Lazare Rivière (Lazarus Riverius, 1589-1655) who observed it in a post mortem examination.


  • G. B. Morgagni:
    De sedibus et causis morborum. Lib III. Venezia, 1761.
    The seats and causes of diseases investigated by anatomy. London: Millar and Cadell, 1769
  • D.-J. Larrey:
    Clinique chirurgicale, exercée particulièrement dans les camps et les hôpitaux militaires depuis 1792 jusq’en 1829. Paris, 1829.
  • G. Arzillo, D. Aiello, G. Priano, F. Roggero, G. Buluggio:
    [Morgagni-Larrey diaphragmatic hernia. Personal case serie] [Article in Italian]
    Minerva chirurgica, Torino, November 1994, 49 (11):1145-1151.

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