A helpful mnemonic for remembering the features of a Bochdalek hernia is:
- 5 Bs
- B: Bochdalek
- B: big
- B: back and lateral, usually on the left side
- B: baby
- B: bad (associated with pulmonary hypoplasia)
To remember the side in which a Bochdalek hernia more commonly occurs (and to contrast that with Morgagni hernias) Bochdalek has an L for left and Morgagni has an R for right.