A 34-year-old member asked:
what happens if your diaphragm is half paralyzed? does it mean that you cannot breathe on your own?
2 doctor answers • 6 doctors weighed in
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
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 heart makes the diaphragm move. If that nerve is injured, that particular side of the diaphragm is paralyzed, making breathing difficult. This may be fixed by a surgery called diaphragm plication, performed by a thoracic surgeon.
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Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
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 able to breathe.
5448 viewsAnswered Oct 4, 2018
Last updated Apr 21, 2019
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