Diaphragmatic flutter presenting as inspiratory stridor

P. J. Cvietusa, S. R. Nimmagadda, R. Wood, A. H. Liu*

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Diaphragmatic flutter is a rarely reported disorder in which the diaphragm involuntarily contracts at a rapid rate. We report a unique case in which diaphragmatic flutter was associated with inspiratory stridor and was severely disabling. A new approach to the treatment of this condition, phrenic nerve crush, provided an optimal outcome, with resolution of symptoms and the return of normal diaphragmatic function. Pathophysiology and treatment of this condition are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)872-875
Number of pages4
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes


  • diaphragm
  • flutter
  • hiccups
  • myoclonus
  • nerve crush
  • phrenic nerve
  • respiratory dysfunction
  • singultus
  • stridor
  • vocal cord dysfunction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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