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what happens if the diaphragm is paralyzed

A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Thomas
34 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Many things: Common reasons for paralysis of the diaphragm include interruption of the phrenic nerve due to trauma, invasion by tumor and vascular compression. Add ... Read More

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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Cooke
21 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Difficulty breathing: Although the diaphragm is one organ, both sides act almost independently, but they need each other for perfect breathing. A nerve on each side of the ... Read More
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Dr. Craig Carter
39 years experience Thoracic Surgery
No: Breathing is controlled by your diaphragm as well as your chest wall. Having a paralyzed diaphragm will interfere with your breathing, but you will be ... Read More
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A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andres Katz
48 years experience Vascular Surgery
Not possible: Phrenic nerve which controls function of diaphragm cannot be reliably repaired to restore the muscle activity.
Dr. Roberto Rodriguez
21 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Thoracic surgeon: You should see a thoracic surgeon, a plication might be possible.
Dr. Robert Binford
37 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Thoracic surgeon : When a diaphragm is paralyzed it stays in the up position. To breathe in our diaphragms move downward. When the diaphragm is stuck up it reduces the v ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frederick Tibayan
22 years experience Thoracic Surgery
See a doctor.: If you have a paralyzed diaphram, and it has been like that for months (it will often get better over time), and it is causing you problems like short ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Rommen
8 years experience Family Medicine
Leave it alone: Most patients with a hemi-diaphragm paralysis do not have symptoms and therefore don't need treatment. If you start to develop pain with breathing (us ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frederick Tibayan
22 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Yes: The consequences of a paralyzed diaphragm are somewhat dependent on underlying lung function and health. There are procedures, such as diaphragmatic p ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frederick Tibayan
22 years experience Thoracic Surgery
No and yes: Medications can treat underlying lung function, but not the diaphragmatic paralysis. This will sometimes improve with time. If it does not, and you ar ... Read More
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A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
39 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Yes: A paralyzed diaphragm is usually treated if there are associated respiratory symptoms. This can be handled by surgical plication (shortening the diaph ... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bradley Radwaner
40 years experience Cardiology
Many possible causes: A paralyzed diaphragm- or more correctly a paralyzed half or hemi-diaphragm is the inability to move the diaphragm down on one side which is necessary ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frederick Tibayan
22 years experience Thoracic Surgery
The diaphragm: Is a dome shaped muscle that flattens out when you inhale. This helps the lung to expand. There are nerves (the phrenic nerves, one on each side) that ... Read More

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