Shaggy heart border

The shaggy heart border is a descriptive term referring to the ill definition of the cardiac outline on a chest radiograph. Due to its imprecise nature, some caution is advised against its use in radiological reports 4.

It usually implies pleural disease on the mediastinal interface 3 and may result from a number of pathologies. Causes include:

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rID: 8993
System: Chest
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Ill defined heart border
  • Ill defined heart borders
  • Shaggy heart borders
  • Shaggy cardiac border

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