The developing lung is a highly intricate organ with endless possibilities for maldevelopment. Individually, congenital abnormalities of the lung are rare but collectively they form an important group of conditions that are not infrequently encountered by physicians. The range of malformations is broad and the clinical impact is very variable, depending on the degree of malformation. Congenital lung anomalies are increasingly discovered on routine prenatal ultrasound or incidentally during postnatal imaging for respiratory insufficiency of unknown origin. This article groups these conditions under their traditional headings and considers their management.

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Intensivmedizin und Notfallmedizin
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Reiss, I., van de Ven, C., & Tibboel, D. (2008). Congenital lung malformations: Diagnostic and therapeutic approaches. Intensivmedizin und Notfallmedizin (Vol. 45, pp. 12–18). doi:10.1007/s00390-007-0810-x