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Elevated lung diapghram

02/08/2010

Question:

My Chest X-Ray show that right lung is elevated. I have also high ESR. CT scan and Ultra sound test no problem. Please advise. I have short breathing also.

Answer:

There are many causes of an elevated right diaphragm. Some of the more common include previous lung surgery with part of the right lung removed, an enlarged liver pressing up on the diaphragm, collapse of part of the right lung from the bronchus (airway) being obstructed, paralysis of the phrenic nerve that goes to the diaphragm, eventration of the diaphragm (when the diaphragm muscle is thin resulting in the liver pushing the diaphragm up), and a hernia through the diaphragm. Consultation with a pulmonologist can often clarify which of these possible diagnoses are present.

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Response by:

James N Allen, Jr, MD James N Allen, Jr, MD
Clinical Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University