Am J Perinatol 2001; 18(8): 459-464
DOI: 10.1055/s-2001-18793

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Unilateral Diaphragmatic Palsy in Association with a Subclavian Vein Thrombus in a Very-Low- Birth-Weight Infant

Marita A. D'Netto1 , Jean Bender1 , R. T. Brown2 , Victor C. Herson1
  • 1Division of Neonatology, Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Hartford, Connecticut; University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, Connecticut
  • 2Department of Pediatrics and Pediatric Radiology, Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Hartford, Connecticut; University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, Connecticut
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Publication Date:
04 December 2001 (online)


Phrenic nerve paralysis due to iatrogenic injury is not uncommon in neonates. We report an unusual case of acquired unilateral paralysis of the diaphragm in a very-low-birth-weight infant, associated with a thrombus secondary to percutaneous subclavian vein catheterization. Conservative management resulted in complete resolution of the paralyzed diaphragm.


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