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What does it mean to have elevated left hemi-diaphragm? My doctor told me not to worry, but i'm worried!

What does it mean to have elevated left hemi-diaphragm? My doctor told me not to worry, but i'm worried!

Sniff test: If there is shortness of breath or difficulty breathing then a sniff test can be done to see if the diaphragm is paralyzed. If it is, then it can be treated surgically. ...Read more

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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


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What does this Radiographic Report of Chest PA mean ... " There is crowding of the basal lung markings secondary to elevated diaphragm" Thank you :)?

What does this Radiographic Report of Chest PA mean ... " There is crowding of the basal lung markings secondary to elevated diaphragm" Thank you :)?

Lung base unexpanded: The diaphragm is a thin membrane like muscle which stretches downward to expand the lungs. when it relaxes it moves upward and lungs compress. sometimes one side of the diaphragm may remain elevated for various reasons. The basal portions of the lungs is the base, or bottom portion. When the diaphragm is high, the normal tissue crowds together and appears thicker. It is not necessarily abnormal ...Read more

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What does it mean when your diaphragm hurt with sharp pain?

What does it mean when your diaphragm hurt with sharp pain?

The Diaphragm: The diaphragm is the large muscle that sits at the top of the abdomen that contracts to keep your lungs breathing. Spasms of this muscle can be very painful. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you have a stabbing pain in your diaphragm?

What does it mean if you have a stabbing pain in your diaphragm?

Hiatal hernia?: The diaphragm is a muscle that separates your abdomen from your chest. When your stomach bulges up through the diaphragm and into your chest it's called hiatal hernia. Usually there are no symptoms. Sometimes discomfort and heartburn. Lifestyle changes and otc (nonprescription) medication will solve the problem. In severe cases surgery is available. ...Read more

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What happens if your diaphragm is half paralyzed? Does it mean that you cannot breathe on your own?

What happens if your diaphragm is half paralyzed? Does it mean that you cannot breathe on your own?

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. ...Read more

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

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

Injury to nerve : Results from injury the phrenic nerve which supplies energy to the diaphragm. A surgical procedure called diaphragm plication may be needed to improve symptoms. ...Read more

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Are there med applications for addressing elevated diaphragm other than diaphragm pliation and/or that phrenic nerve stimulator?

Phrenic Nerve injury: The phrenic nerve supplies movement to the diaphragm for breathing. Although recovery can be achieved with time, a younger age appears to have better recovery. Muscle plication can improve breathing function, but not fix muscle dysfunction. Electrical stimulation will improve muscle function, but can have limited lifespan with failure. Nerve graft and exploration are other treatment options. ...Read more

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I had a fetal assessment 2 weeks ago had to go back today get rest measurement, told stomach bubble close to diaphragm, what does this mean?

I had a fetal assessment 2 weeks ago had to go back today get rest measurement, told stomach bubble close to diaphragm, what does this mean?

Nothing: The stomach bubble is either where it is supposed to be, just inferior to the diuagphragm on the left side, or it appears in or above the diaphragm, pushing the lungs to the right, extremely abnormal, diagnostic of a diaphragmatic hernia. The ultrasound tech should have said nothing to you. Call you OB right away for clarification. ...Read more

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Nodules found in lung, between liver & diaphragm, elevated wbc- probability of malignant?

Nodules found in lung, between liver & diaphragm, elevated wbc- probability of malignant?

It is concerning.: While I'm unable to state anything with any degree of certainty based on hat description, we generally do not like to see individuals with diffuse lung and liver nodules or lesions. This does require immediate clarification of underlying process. An investigation needs to be done right away, including biopsy of any accessible nodules. ...Read more

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Bowel perf. In June. chest X-ray elevated right diaphragm. Thought it was from free air in abdomen. Sniff test shows not improved. Any thoughts ?

 Bowel perf. In June. chest X-ray elevated right diaphragm. Thought it was from free air in abdomen. Sniff test shows not improved. Any thoughts ?

Diaphragm paralysis?: Hi, how did u perforate the bowel? Trauma? if that so, possibly you have damaged either the Diaphragm or Phrenic nerve which innervates the Diaphragm, which might have caused paralysis of the Diaphragm. If you have shortness of breath especially when lying down, you might want to see a Thoracic surgeon for possible repair. Good luck. ...Read more

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