Spine Surgery and Related Research
Online ISSN : 2432-261X
ISSN-L : 2432-261X
Hemidiaphragmatic Paralysis Due to Cervical Spondylosis: A Case Report
Hiroaki ManabeToshinori SakaiFumitake TezukaKazuta YamashitaYoichiro TakataTakashi ChikawaKoichi Sairyo
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2019 Volume 3 Issue 2 Pages 183-187


Introduction: C4 radiculopathy due to cervical spondylosis has rarely been reported as a cause of hemidiaphragmatic paralysis.

Case Report: A 70-year-old man presented with hemidiaphragmatic paralysis due to right C3-C4 foraminal stenosis. The diagnosis was made preoperatively from findings on plain chest radiographs, respiratory function tests, and electrophysiologic tests. All the patient's test results and symptoms improved immediately after surgical treatment for cervical spondylosis.

Conclusions: Although it may be difficult to make a correct diagnosis based only on radiological findings at the cervical spine, we should be aware of the existence of this entity and pay close attention to chest radiographs.

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