Definition of Diaphragm:

The thin muscle under the lungs and heart that separates the chest from the stomach/abdomen.

Topics Related to Diaphragm


...the condition
“...A large accumulation of fluid may cause breathing difficulties by compressing the diaphragm and forming pleural effusion...”
...our question about Shortness of breath / breathing difficulty
“Shortness of breath can occur with large ascites that causes pressure on the diaphragm and fluid around the lungs.”
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Dyspepsia / Poor Digestion

...the condition
“...Gastric Mucosal Tears: Lacerations in the mucosa of the gastroesophageal junction, where the esophagus passes through the diaphragm, or in the lining of the lower esophagus...”

Heartburn / GERD / Acid Reflux

...the condition
“...Recent studies show that the opening in the diaphragm acts as an additional sphincter around the lower end of the esophagus...”

Hiatal Hernia

...the condition
“A hiatus hernia occurs when the upper part of the stomach moves into the thoracic cavity (chest) through an enlarged esophageal hiatus (opening) in the diaphragm.  Hiatus hernias are common and may be seen in up to 60% of the population over 50 years old...”
...related topic
“Hiatal hernia occurs when the upper part of the stomach moves up into the chest through a small opening in the diaphragm (a diaphragmatic hiatus)...”

Hodgkin's Lymphoma

...the condition
“...The doctor considers the following to determine the stage of Hodgkin's disease ... Whether the affected lymph nodes are on one or both sides of the diaphragm (the thin muscle under the lungs and heart that separates the chest from the abdomen); and...”

Multiple Sclerosis

...our question about Difficulty with speaking
“...Weakness, stiffness, or uncoordinated movement of the muscles controlling the lips, tongue, jaw, soft palate, vocal cords and diaphragm can all cause speech problems.”

Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

...the condition
“...The doctor considers the following to determine the stage of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma ... Whether the affected lymph nodes are above, below, or on both sides of the diaphragm...”
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...the condition
“...When you breathe in, the large muscle separating the chest cavity from the abdominal cavity (diaphragm) contracts and your chest wall expands, causing your lungs to expand...”

Rumination Syndrome

...the condition
“...The exact cause of rumination syndrome is unknown but it is believed to be an unconscious learned disorder involving the voluntary relaxation of the diaphragm; it is not a conscious decision but happens more as a subconscious reflex response...”

Shortness Of Breath

...our question about Your muscle/body fat composition
“...Having less fat inside their bodies allows for free expansion of the rib cage and leaves space for the diaphragm to move downward as it should during breathing...”


...related topic
“The largest organ of the lymphatic system in the body, located between the stomach and the diaphragm (the muscle below the lungs which provides the motion for breathing)...”

Subphrenic Abscess

...the condition
“Alternative names: Subdiaphragmatic Abscess A subphrenic abscess is a localized accumulation of pus in the abdominal cavity just beneath the diaphragm in the "subphrenic space"...”

Testicular Cancer

...the condition
“...The process of staging will indicate which stage the cancer has reached ... Stage 2 – Disease spread to retroperitoneal lymph nodes, located in the rear of the body below the diaphragm...”


...the condition
“...Chest pain may be experienced since the parasite may become imbedded in the diaphragm (the thin muscle separating the lungs from abdominal organs)...”

Ulcus Cruris

...related topic
“Indolent leg ulcer, ulcer of the diaphragm.”
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