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03/05/2010

Question:

Does the Lung quit working or what happens to it when the Diaphragm is paraylized on the right side.

Answer:

The lung continues to work in patients with a unilateral (on one side only) paralyzed diaphragm.  Many patients do not have symptoms. In some cases, patients may notice shortness of breath with activity or exercise, especially if they also have other lung disease or medical problems. 

There are many causes of a paralyzed unilateral diaphragm, and it is important to discuss this with your physician.  Most cases of unilateral diaphragm paralysis do not require special treatment.  In severe cases, a surgical procedure may help improve the function of the diaphragm.

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Response by:

Nitin Y Bhatt, MD Nitin Y Bhatt, MD
Clinical Assisstant Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University