What causes bilateral diaphragmatic paralysis?

Updated: Oct 10, 2018
  • Author: Justina Gamache, MD; Chief Editor: Guy W Soo Hoo, MD, MPH  more...
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The most common causes are secondary to motor neuron disease, including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and postpolio syndrome.

Other causes include thoracic trauma, cardiac surgery, [8] multiple sclerosis, myopathies, muscular dystrophy (acid maltase deficiency), Guillain-Barré syndrome, and Parsonage-Turner syndrome (neuropathy of brachial plexus). See Complications.


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