Right paraspinal line

Dr Henry Knipe et al.

The right paraspinal (paraspinous or paravertebral) line is a feature of frontal chest x-rays and is formed by the interface of the right lung and the posterior mediastinal soft tissue. 

Lateral displacement of the right paraspinal line can be due to 1-3:

Radiographic appearance

Plain radiograph
  • seen on ~25% of frontal chest x-rays 1, 3
  • appears as a straight vertical line in close approximation to the T8 to T12 vertebral levels 1, 2
  • paraspinal lines project below the the diaphragm 2
  • identifiable ~5 mm lateral to the spine 1
Chest x-ray
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Article information

rID: 23542
System: Chest
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Right paravertebral stripe
  • Right paraspinous line
  • Right paravertebral line
  • Right paraspinal stripe

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