Unilateral diaphragmatic paralysis in spinal cord injury patients

Paraplegia. 1980 Aug;18(4):267-74. doi: 10.1038/sc.1980.46.


Since the inception of the Spinal Cord Injury Center of The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research in 1961, over 1600 spinal cord injury patients have been admitted. Of these patients, approximately 51 per cent or 821 are tetraplegics. A review of the medical records shows that 22 patients had unilateral diaphragmatic paralysis. All but one of these patients are male, and they range in age from 15 to 73 years of age at onset. All cases with unilateral diaphragmatic paralysis are reviewed as to side of paralysis, incidence of tracheotomy, initial vital capacity, final vital capacity, and estimation as to the duration of diaphragmatic paralysis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Paraplegia / etiology
  • Phrenic Nerve / injuries
  • Quadriplegia / etiology
  • Respiratory Paralysis / etiology*
  • Respiratory Paralysis / physiopathology
  • Spinal Cord Injuries / complications*
  • Spinal Cord Injuries / etiology
  • Vital Capacity