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Lung diseases

Throat/diaphragm not working properly

02/10/2010

Question:

I had treatments for cancer. I am free of cancer, but somehow my diaphram doesn`t work properly so I cannot breathe well. Can I have the diaphram replaced? What options do I have to fix this problem? Thanks

Answer:

Thank you for your question. While you cannot have your diaphragm replaced, there are some options available to improve your diaphragmatic function. It is first important to discuss with your caregiver the primary cause of your diaphragmatic dysfunction as the options for treatment depend on the underlying cause.

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Response by:

Patrick  Nana-Sinkam, MD Patrick Nana-Sinkam, MD
Associate Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University