phrenic nerves


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phrenic nerves

The two main nerves supplying the DIAPHRAGM and thus controlling breathing. Each phrenic nerve arises from the 3rd, 4th, and 5th cervical spinal nerves and passes down through the chest to supply one side of the diaphragm.
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The left phrenic nerve was identified and the pericardium freed from the diaphragm and the sternum.
Tests showed my left phrenic nerve was not functioning, and I had lost the use of the left side of the diaphragm.
MICROSCOPIC EVALUATION OF THE PHRENIC NERVE DURING DEVELOPMENT: EXPERIMENTAL STUDY IN RATS.
Theoretically, the technology could enhance breathing capacity of virtually any patient requiring a ventilator whose phrenic nerves are intact, said Dr.