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A rare case of diaphragmatic paralysis due to isolated phrenic nerve palsy in neonate

Narongsak Nakwan


Isolated phrenic nerve palsy is a rare complications result of birth injury, and carries a high respiratory morbidity such diaphragmatic paralysis. We report an unusual case of phrenic nerve palsy in a neonate delivered by vacuum extraction, presenting without brachial plexus injury and maternal shoulder dystocia, and challenge the conventional understanding of the true incidence, etiopathogenesis, and proper management of this condition.

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Phrenic nerve palsy, diaphragmatic paralysis, diaphragmatic plication

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South African Journal of Child Health 2008;2(1):32.

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Date submitted: 2008-02-11
Date published: 2008-04-23

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