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Bochdaleks foramen

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Bochdaleks foramen --> pleuroperitoneal hiatus

An opening through the diaphragm, connecting pleural and peritoneal cavities, usually the result of defective development of the pleuroperitoneal membrane in the embryo; if the defect is extensive there may be herniation of digestive organs into the pleural cavity.

See: diaphragmatic hernia.

Synonym: bochdaleks foramen.