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In case of paralysis of a leaf of the diaphragm, is a surgical procedure needed or can it be treated by medicines only?

In case of paralysis of a leaf of the diaphragm, is a surgical procedure needed or can it be treated by medicines only?

Surgical procedure: If only one side of the diaphragm is paralyzed, and the muscle is so thinned out it is pushing on the lung, sometimes a procedure to plicate the muscle is performed. This should be done by a general or thoracic surgeon with experience in this technique in a minimally invasive fashion - thoracoscopiccally, or laparoscopically. I am not aware of medication that will work for this. Hope this helps! ...Read more

Palsy (Definition)

...is a corruption of French "paralise" from Latinized Greek "paralysis." In the old days it meant any kind of persistent weakness. To this day Parkinson's disease is also called "paralysis agitans" which is a Latin translation of Dr. Parkinson's original name for it, the "shaking palsy." We've obviously reborrowed the full form "paralysis" into English as well; today ...Read more


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Paralysis of right diaphragm after thoracic outlet syndrome surgery. Is this likely to improve on its own?

Paralysis of right diaphragm after thoracic outlet syndrome surgery. Is this likely to improve on its own?

Probable: usually recovers over 4 weeks if merely involves nerve myelin covering but if axon inside involved, looking at several months. Most of these issues resolve fully over time ...Read more

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Unilateral paralysis of the diaphragm right lung does not work How high lung capacity such patients with unilateral paralysis does people have ?

Unilateral paralysis of the diaphragm right lung does not work How high lung capacity such patients with unilateral paralysis does people have ?

Not too bad: You need to know why the diaphragm does not work. Your right lung does not stop working just because the diaphragm does. A person can live a normal life and do normal sports on one lung if need be. Your doctor can do a full pulmonary (lung) function test that can tell you your real reserve. It may have been done already. You can ask your MD that is taking care of you about this. ...Read more

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I have bilateral diaphragmatic paralysis. I was wondering if anyone knows if there is any ongoing research for this medical issue?

I have bilateral diaphragmatic paralysis. I was wondering if anyone knows if there is any ongoing research for this medical issue?

Depends on cause: The diaphram is controlled by nerves coming from the brainstem. Unilateral paralysis can be a result of surgery for certain heart conditions. Bilateral paralysis is rare but can occur from nerve injury in the neck or from viral infection of the nerves, or autoimmune such as guillain barre. Some recover with time, others are permanent and respiratory support is necessary. See a pulmonary expert. ...Read more

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Will diaphragm palsy get better after thoracic surgery?

Will diaphragm palsy get better after thoracic surgery?

It certainly can: Just like everything in medicine the outcome of any particular event is highly dependent on the amount of damage or insult that was done in the first place as well as the current state of health of the individual we are talking about. In the case of diaphragmatic palsy there are certainly rehabilitation exercises that can be done and often times they are successful at least to some extent. ...Read more

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Is 300 units of botox a huge dose and did it cause long term swallowing paralysis since it's been 8 months and I'm still having problems?

Is 300 units of botox a huge dose and did it cause long term swallowing paralysis since it's been 8 months and I'm still having problems?

Depends on location: 300 units of Botox (3 bottles) seems like a large dose. However, it would depend on what was being treated, and where. It isn't unusual to inject 100-150 units in the underarm area to help with sweating. Injected Botox in the face for wrinkles can range from 20-30 units per area. The effect of Botox is longer lasting for larger doses. ...Read more

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Can an epidural during labor cause paralysis? I'm concerned that having an epidural during labor can cause paralysis. Is there a substancial risk involved?

Can an epidural during labor cause paralysis? I'm concerned that having an epidural during labor can cause paralysis. Is there a substancial risk involved?

Extremely Rare: And even then, the more experienced the anesthesia provider, the less likely such a rare event will occur; 20-30 years can easily pass on a busy labor and delivery ward without either a penetrating injury, an epidural bleed or an abscess happening (causes of paralysis). Have a look at this detailed summary: http://www.Allaboutepidural.Com/main-content/can-i-get-paralyzed-from-epidural. ...Read more

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Help docs! i'm trying to find out what causes the diaphragm to become paralyzed?

Help docs! i'm trying to find out what causes the diaphragm to become paralyzed?

Many things: Common reasons for paralysis of the diaphragm include interruption of the phrenic nerve due to trauma, invasion by tumor and vascular compression. Additional reasons include neurological diseases like ALS and ms as well as strokes. ...Read more

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Paralysis (Definition)

A paralyzed limb cannot be voluntarily moved, and the term reflects leg involvement, paraplegia, full body, quadriplegia, and less than full, tetraplegia. Causes can be many, including stroke, trauma, ...Read more


Diaphragm (Definition)

This muscle separates the chest cavity from the abdominal cavity and expands and contracts to assist the intercostal muscles in breathing. (a diaphragm is also a birth control device ...Read more