A diaphragmatic hernia in a cat occurs as a rupture of the diaphragm which is a very thin muscle that divides the chest cavity from the abdominal cavity. When this thin muscle gets damaged, the organs from the abdominal cavity can get inside the chest cavity. These organs include the stomach, the intestines, even the liver, and they can apply pressure on the lungs and the heart.

In the video below, made by The Vet Surgery Channel, you can how this type of a hernia is repaired surgically.



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If you liked this video, watch “Large inguinal hernia, Female dog“.