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Conditions

Understanding your child's condition is an important step on your treatment journey. Learn more about causes, symptoms and diagnosis for a variety of conditions, as well as unique treatments and research being performed at Children's National.

Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia

Learn more about the causes, symptoms, and treatments for congenital diaphragmatic hernia, a congenital defect in the lungs.

Pectus Carinatum

Pectus carinatum, sometimes called "pigeon breast," is caused when the breastbone is pushed outward, and occurs only about a third as often as pectus excavatum. Learn more about this condition.

Wilms Tumor and Kidney Tumors

Wilms tumor, also called nephroblastoma, is a malignant (cancerous) tumor originating in the cells of the kidney. It is the most common type of renal (kidney) cancer in children and accounts for about 5% of all childhood cancers.

Appendicitis

Appendicitis is a painful swelling and infection of the appendix (a narrow, finger-like pouch that branches off the large intestine).

Hirschsprung Disease

Hirschsprung disease occurs when some of the nerve cells that are normally present in the intestine do not form properly while a baby is developing during pregnancy. Learn more about this condition and its causes and treatment.

Omphalocele

An omphalocele is a birth defect in which some of the abdominal organs protrude through an opening in the abdominal muscles in the area of the umbilical cord. A translucent membrane covers the protruding organs.

Pyloric Stenosis

Pyloric stenosis is a problem that affects babies between birth and 6 months of age and causes forceful vomiting that can lead to dehydration.