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Breathing Pacemakers for Diaphragm Paralysis

Company : Avery Biomedical Devices Inc

UMDC Code : 451533

Breathing pacemakers are indicated for patients with diaphragm paralysis who would otherwise be completely or partially dependent on mechanical ventilation so long as the phrenic nerve(s) and diaphragm(s) are intact. Patients with diseases in which the phrenic nerves have completely demyelinated, such as advanced ALS, or the diaphragm muscle is irreversibly atrophied,such as muscular dystrophy, are not candidates for diaphragm pacing. Careful preoperative evaluation (phrenic nerve conduction studies, pulmonary function tests, etc.) would be indicated in all cases. Benefits of diaphragm pacing for either unilateral or bilateral diaphragm paralysis include: Improved respiratory function since the inhaled air is drawn into the lungs by the diaphragm under negative pressure, rather than being forced into the chest under positive pressure.

Product URL : http://www.averybiomedical.com/breathing-pacemaker

Last Updated : 03/16/2013

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