Bilateral diaphragmatic paralysis as a possible paraneoplastic syndrome from renal cell carcinoma

Am Rev Respir Dis. 1984 Mar;129(3):507-9. doi: 10.1164/arrd.1984.129.3.507.

Abstract

Bilateral diaphragmatic paralysis is rare. We describe a patient with bilateral diaphragmatic paralysis who died 18 months after initial presentation and who was found to have renal cell carcinoma. At autopsy, no intrathoracic tumor was found that would explain the diaphragmatic paralysis. We believe that this may represent a paraneoplastic syndrome caused by renal cell carcinoma.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adenocarcinoma, Papillary / complications*
  • Adenocarcinoma, Papillary / pathology
  • Esophagus / physiopathology
  • Evoked Potentials
  • Humans
  • Kidney Neoplasms / complications*
  • Kidney Neoplasms / pathology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Paraneoplastic Syndromes / etiology*
  • Paraneoplastic Syndromes / physiopathology
  • Phrenic Nerve / physiopathology
  • Pressure
  • Radiography
  • Respiratory Paralysis / diagnostic imaging
  • Respiratory Paralysis / etiology*
  • Respiratory Paralysis / physiopathology
  • Stomach / physiopathology