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Neurology. 2005 Nov 8;65(9):1499-501.

Bilateral isolated phrenic neuropathy causing painless bilateral diaphragmatic paralysis.

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Department of Neurology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305, USA.


The authors report four patients with a syndrome of painless bilateral isolated phrenic neuropathy. Electrophysiologic testing demonstrated active denervation restricted to the diaphragm. Long-term recovery was poor. The authors conclude that bilateral isolated phrenic neuropathy is a cause of painless diaphragmatic paralysis distinguishable from immune brachial plexus neuropathy and other neuromuscular disorders with similar clinical presentation.

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