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Lung diseases

Left Hemidiaphragm Elevated

06/30/2010

Question:

I had an EBT done and when I was sent the results they also found the left hemidiaphragm was elevated and there is mild atelectasis in the left lung base, what does this mean? Is this of great concern?

Answer:

While this may be a chronic condition, there are several more acute causes of an elevated diaphragm with atelectasis, like pneumonia, blood clots, or something blocking the airway in this side of the lung.

I would recommend you contact your physician to explore the duration of this (was it there on previous CXR) and to consider any testing you may need to have done.

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Response by:

Clay B Marsh, MD Clay B Marsh, MD
Vice Dean of Medicine Administration
Professor of Molecular Virology, Immunology & Medical Genetics
Professor of Veterinary Biosciences
Associate Vice President of Health Sciences Research Administration
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University