Elevation of the right dome of the diaphragm occurs in a small proportion of healthy young adults, and in a proportion of patients with cardiac disease, cirrhosis of the liver and gastroenteritis. Hence this radiological feature, although common in hepatic amoebiasis, should be considered in concurrence with the other clinical features in the diagnosis of hepatic disorders. The significance of an elevation in the right hemidiaphragm in diseases primarily non-hepatic in origin, although of no diagnostic importance, is of clinical interest and is discussed.
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