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

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Dr. Frederick Tibayan
Surgery - Thoracic

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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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