Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Left diaphragmatic paralysis

This 45 year old patient has a known elevated left hemidiaphragm seen previously on x-ray.
Ultrasound was suggested to rule out diaphragmatic paralysis.

Pic #1: On the right hemidiaphragm, satisfactory movement and contractility is noted. M-mode showed diaphragm excursion of 4.02 cm

Pic #2: On the left hemidiaphragm, ultrasound revealed very little or no movement and contractility. This is depicted by a flat line in M-mode.

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