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What is the best teatment for paralyzed hemi-diaphragm?
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Michael Rommen
Family Medicine
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In brief: Leave it alone
Most patients with a hemi-diaphragm paralysis do not have symptoms and therefore don't need treatment.
If you start to develop pain with breathing (usually with physical exertion), the next option is called surgical plication. The affected portion of the diaphragm is sewn together front-to-back to restrict upward motion of the diaphragm. Again without symptoms this is usually not necessary.

In brief: Leave it alone
Most patients with a hemi-diaphragm paralysis do not have symptoms and therefore don't need treatment.
If you start to develop pain with breathing (usually with physical exertion), the next option is called surgical plication. The affected portion of the diaphragm is sewn together front-to-back to restrict upward motion of the diaphragm. Again without symptoms this is usually not necessary.
Michael Rommen
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Michael Rommen
If you have other lung diseases such as asthma or COPD, then besides using your usual inhaler or nebulizer treatment, you may need ventilatory support when you are having acute problems. Otherwise, surgical plication is currently the best treatment option.
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