Current Respiratory Medicine Reviews

Joseph Varon  
The University of Texas Health Science Center
Houston, TX
USA

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Long Term Recovery of Diaphragmatic Function in a Patient with Unilateral Diaphragmatic Pacemaker

Author(s): Salim Surani, Eva Elizabeth Ayala, Myriah McMillan, Elizabeth Sablonte, Pilar Acosta.

Abstract:

Diaphragmatic pacing, also known as electrophrenic respiration or phrenic pacing has been used for quite some time in patients with respiratory failure due to diaphragmatic paralysis. We present a case of patient with respiratory insufficiency due to unilateral phrenic nerve injury as a result of radiation therapy for breast cancer. The patient had a diaphragmatic pacer inserted, with significant recovery on her symptoms. Three years after this procedure, the patient recovered her phrenic nerve function, and this was confirmed by nerve conduction study.

Keywords: Diaphragmatic pacing, respiratory failure, diaphragm paralysis

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Article Details

VOLUME: 5
ISSUE: 1
Year: 2009
Page: [59 - 61]
Pages: 3
DOI: 10.2174/157339809787353994