Thursday, May 23, 2013
Diagnosing Report of Chest Xray
62 year old women with severe cough for last 4 weeks. Xray report states "Heart size is at the upper limits of normal. The lung and pleural spaces are clear with no collapse, consolidation or discrete pulmonary mass lesion. There is also an eventration of the anterior aspect of the right hemi-diaphragm". What does the last sentence mean?
Eventration of the diaphragm is a normal variant, seen commonly. It just means that part of the diaphragm has a "different" shape.
Jeff E Weiland, MD
Associate Professor - Clinical
OSU Asthma Center
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University