Elevated diaphragm

Last revised by Dr Ian Bickle on 08 Aug 2022

Elevated diaphragm refers to the symmetrical elevation of both domes of the diaphragm.



There is some overlap with causes of an elevated hemidiaphragm

  • supine position
  • poor inspiratory effort
Patient factors
  • obesity
  • pregnancy
Diaphragmatic pathology
Pulmonic pathology
Abdominal pathology

See also

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Cases and figures

  • Cause 1: no structural cause
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