Unilateral Diaphragmatic Paralysis

Unilateral diaphragmatic paralysis refers to the weakening of the diaphragm muscle on one side of the body. Diaphragm muscles placed below the lungs contract and relax to allow the normal breathing process. When these muscles fail to function due to muscle problems or nerve problems, the diaphragm can no longer aid in breathing activity. With unilateral diaphragmatic paralysis, one may suffer breathlessness and bad health.

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Kindly suggest treatment for unilateral paralysis of the diaphragm.

Query: Hi doctor, What health implications have been observed with a unilateral paralysis of the diaphragm? I have had a plication performed, but it failed and is back to the original issue. Currently, I am suffering from shortness of breath, chest pain with dizzy spells and increased heart rate. I am on P...  Read Full »


Dr. Amolkumar W. Diwan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Unilateral diaphragmatic paralysis is most commonly seen on the left side. The diaphragm is the most important muscle of ventilation. Unilateral diaphragmatic paralysis is usually well tolerated if there is no underlying lung or rib cage pathology. But, if severe, then it...  Read Full »

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