Intensive Care Medicine

, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp 145–146 | Cite as

Demonstration of phrenic nerve paralysis and its subsequent recovery by ultrasound

  • G. R. Park
  • G. B. Young
Case Reports


Phrenic nerve paralysis following a motorcycle injury was demonstrated using an ultrasound scan in the T/M mode. This allowed visualisation and recording of paradoxical movement of the diaphragm on breathing and sniffing. Ten weeks later recovery occurred with normal diaphragmatic movement.

Key words

Ultrasonics Trauma Phrenic nerve 


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    Hadfield G (1977) The design of motorcycle crash helmets. Br Med J 2:43Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • G. R. Park
    • 1
  • G. B. Young
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of AnaestheticsRoyal Infirmary of EdinburghUK
  2. 2.Department of RadiologyRoyal Infirmary of EdinburghUK

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