The Diaphragm dome-shaped structure made up of muscle and connective tissue that
separates the abdominal cavity from the chest cavity and functions in respiration. By
movement of the diaphragm, air is either drawn into the lungs or forced out of them.
Diaphragm Paralysis is when these muscles are limited in their ability to expand and
The most common causes of Diaphragm Paralysis are trauma and surgery. Spinal injury can
causes a paralysis in the diaphragm. Also nerve damage in surgery can cause a weakness or
paralysis in the diaphragm muscles.
Lou Gehrig's Disease which causes damage to the nerves at some point causes weakness
and paralysis in the diaphragm.