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Phrenic Nerve Damage
The phrenic nerve is important for the process of respiration. It travels down from the neck to the diaphragm and sends and receives sensory information from this muscle. The diaphragm is located below the ribcage and as the diaphragm contracts it allows air to be drawn into the lungs.
During thoracic surgery or hear surgery, it is vital that your surgeon identifies the phrenic nerve and ensures that it is protected.
The Impact of Phrenic Nerve Damage
There are two phrenic nerves, one for each side of the body. Therefore if a phrenic nerve is damaged or severed the resultant symptoms will be on the same side of the body as the nerve itself. Complete severing of one nerve will lead to paralysis of half of the diaphragm. This will cause the sufferer breathing difficulties. However, it will not lead to an inability to breathe if the other nerve is still functional. Should both the phrenic nerves be severed this is a medical emergency as the individual will be unable to breathe. Other symptoms of phrenic nerve damage include hiccupping and pain in the shoulder blades.
How May Someone Suffer Phrenic Nerve Damage?
Phrenic nerve damage can occur in a number of ways. Damage does not usually occur due to illness but happen as a result of a tumor or inflammation. The most common way an individual can suffer damage to their phrenic nerve is following a traumatic injury to the region, e.g. a penetrative injury, or following surgery. Up to 10% of cases of phrenic nerve damage follow cardiac surgery. People may experience symptoms should their phrenic nerve become damaged at any point along its length.
What Do I Do If I’ve Suffered Phrenic Nerve Damage?
If you are concerned that you have suffered phrenic nerve damage it is vital that you consult a doctor and ensure that you receive treatment for your injury. Following this, get in touch with us here at 1st Claims either by filling an online enquiry or telephoning us on 0800 2888 693 for a free initial consultation. If you have suffered damage to your phrenic nerve, there is a possibility that you have been a victim of medical negligence. One of our team will quickly be able to assess your situation and give vital advice to help you get the compensation that you deserve.
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