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A 47-year-old member asked:

hi doctors, was just wondering what is a paralyzed diaphragm?

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Dr. Frederick Tibayan
Thoracic Surgery 23 years experience
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 tell the diaphragm when to do this. If communication to the diaphragm via the phrenic nerve is disrupted (there are different reasons, some temporary, some not), the diaphragm is paralyzed, and will not help the lung expand. You should see a doctor.

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A 25-year-old member asked:

I can't seem to find much information about left paralyzed diaphragm anywhere! can you explain what it means to have this condition?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bradley Radwaner
Cardiology 41 years experience
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 to draw air into that lung. If the diaphragm is not moving , that lung is not working. Viral infections, trauma, cancer, auto-immune diseases and many, many other causes are possible. A board certified pulmonary specialist should be consulted.
McCloud, CA
A 60-year-old female asked:

Where can I get my paralyzed diaphragm treated?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Andres Katz
Vascular Surgery 49 years experience
Not possible: Phrenic nerve which controls function of diaphragm cannot be reliably repaired to restore the muscle activity.
A 45-year-old male asked:

About 6 years ago i was told I have a paralyzed diaphragm . Is there anything that can be done to correct this?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Yes: A paralyzed diaphragm is usually treated if there are associated respiratory symptoms. This can be handled by surgical plication (shortening the diaphragm) or diaphramatic pacing. Normally, this is not necessary. Consult your doctor to see if these options are available.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Do you have any suggestions for a paralyzed diaphragm?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Frederick Tibayan
Thoracic Surgery 23 years experience
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 shortness of breath or decreased activity tolerance, you can be evaluated by a physician. There are surgical treatments (for example, diaphragm plication) that can help.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Can there be any medications or treaments for paralyzed diaphragm?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Frederick Tibayan
Thoracic Surgery 23 years experience
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 are still having breathing problems, surgical plication of the diaphragm can help.

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