Extubation failure due to phrenic nerve injury

Williams, O.; Greenough, A.; Mustfa, N.; Haugen, S.; Rafferty, G.R.
January 2003
Archives of Disease in Childhood -- Fetal & Neonatal Edition;Jan2003, Vol. 88 Issue 1, pF72
Academic Journal
A 26 week gestation infant had an increasingly elevated right hemidiaphragm following drainage of bilateral pleural effusions and failed extubation on numerous occasions. Electric stimulation of the phrenic nerves revealed absent activity on the right, indicating phrenic nerve injury from chest tube drain insertion. Diaphragmatic plication was performed and the infant successfully extubated four days later.


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