What Is Left Hemidiaphragm Elevation?

Q:
What is left hemidiaphragm elevation?

A:
Left hemidiaphragm elevation is a condition in which a patient’s left hemidiaphragm appears to be elevated and can be found by medical imaging exams.

Left hemidiaphragm elevation can suppress breathing and cause other problems.

There are many possible causes of left hemidiaphragm elevation, including:

  • decreased lung volume
  • atelectasis or collapse
  • pulmonary hypoplasia
  • diaphragmatic eventration
  • subphrenic abscess
  • distended stomach or colon

If a patient appears symptoms of hardly breath or pain, may need have a surgery (thoracotomy).

Please go to see a doctor if you have any symptoms.

Keywords: hemidiaphragm elevation; left hemidiaphragm elevation.

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