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Question by  aravind15 (10)

What can be done for a paralyzed diaphragm?


Answer by  dramjbell (74)

By paralyzed, are you speaking from a neurological condition or atrophy of the diaphragm? If he later, releasing restrictions in the diaphragm and working with a breathing pattern specialist will help tremendously.

Reply by Amys (0):
My uncle is having a tough time recovering from open heart surgery. A double bypass where they have to crack the chest. He has been becoming exhausted and has a lot of trouble breathing. The dr's are saying his diaphragm has colapsed as they are seeing something crinkled up.  add a comment
Reply by Amys (0):
He is in his eighty's.  add a comment

Answer by  Veetzy (376)

A paralyzed diaphragm can be treated by having a procedure called diaphragmatic plication. This procedure stretches the diaphragm. Stretching consequently flattens the diaphragm allowing the lung to expand more efficiently.


Answer by  jsmith (2067)

If the diaphragm is well and truly paralyzed, the only way to maintain life is placing the patient on a ventilator because they will be unable to respire. A paralyzed diaphragm is what ultimately causes death for many poisons/toxins/degenerative muscular diseases.

posted by Anonymous
.... this is true only if both lungs are paralyzed. I have a frozen diaphragm on the left side. A "sniff" test shows (you can watch) that the diaphragm remains truly frozen and doesn't move). Of course, I'm also on oxygen 24/7 to supply enough for the other lung.  add a comment
posted by Anonymous
I had a sniff test done and it also showed a frozen left diaphram.I didn't know but the sniff test is an old test and the only way to show a frozen diaphram.I still workout everyday but it is tough going.I'm a 48 yo male and in very good shape.Gooduckonyoneholsoashisroblem.  add a comment

Answer by  champaign9497 (11977)

You need to talk to your doctor about that you will need medication that is given by perscription only to hopefully get a handle on that one. And they will also be able to tell you if there are exercises you can do to help it as well.


Answer by  dhuoda (1431)

Very often a paralyzed diaphragm will get better of its own accord over time, although it may take many months. It is caused usually by an irritated or a damaged nerve. There is an operation called "diaphragmatic plication" which can be helpful in some cases to improve the function of the lungs in breathing in and out.


Answer by  symphonyparis (493)

Surgery would be one way to fix this problem. I have not really heard about this issue before, just going off of the fact that it is "frozen", there are not a lot of options. If this is a concern, it needs to be discussed with a doctor, if there are still questions keep asking until it makes sense.


Answer by  champaign9497 (11977)

That is a question only your doctor can answer. The best thing you can do is call your doctor and make a appointment for a consultation they will be able to explain everything to you in detail and answer any questions you may have while you are there.


Answer by  mooserus (3)

I have a left frozen diaphragm and I was told by a lung specialist at Dartmouth Hitchcock in lebanon NH that it could be caused my trama during surgery and they have no idea how this happens ..

posted by Anonymous
me, too. So far the only answer is oxygen 24/7 but there is a group of plastic surgeons who have been successful at repairing the phrenic nerve that has been damaged. That nerve controls breathing.  add a comment

Answer by  Anonymous

Use keyword 'phrenic nerve' to google this surgical process.

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