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Posted by: John | 2009-04-15

function of the Diaphragm

A couple of years ago a doctor diagnosed one half of my diaphragm as not functioning. I had flu, my GP listened to my lungs then referred me to a specialist for x rays and a barium meal. The x rais showed a dark shadow on my left lung. The assumption was made that a nerve got damaged years ago when I was involved in a car accident. The specialist told me that nothing could be done to rectify the problem. My question is, what will the long term effect be on my lung?

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Dear John
Your diaphragm is a muscle that causes negative pressure in your chest when you breathe, inflating the lung. A lung that is not inflated 100% has a higher risk of getting infections, so you are one of those people who should take a flu vaccine and pneumonia vaccine yearly. Otherwise it should not affect your lung.
Dr Bets

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