costophrenic angle


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Related to costophrenic angle: pleural effusion, pneumothorax

costophrenic angle

the angle between the costal and diaphragmatic parietal pleura as they meet at the costodiaphragmatic line of pleura reflection. Used as a synonym in radiology to identify the costodiaphragmatic recess.
See also: costodiaphragmatic recess.

costophrenic (CP) angle

[-fren′ik]
Etymology: L, costa + phrenicus, diaphragm
the angle between the diaphragm and the chest wall at the bottom of the lung.

cos·to·phren·ic an·gle

(kos'tō-fren'ik ang'gĕl)
The angle between the costal and diaphragmatic parietal pleura as they meet at the costodiaphragmatic line of pleura reflection. Used as a synonym in radiology to identify the costodiaphragmatic recess.

costophrenic

pertaining to the ribs and diaphragm.

costophrenic angle
in radiographs, the angle between the ribs and the diaphragm. Details may be blurred by the presence of fluid in the pleural cavity.
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If minimal detectable blunting of the posterior and/or lateral costophrenic angle was evident on the PA and lateral chest radiograph, the quantity of pleural effusion was classified as small.
In the supine position, the mass moved superiorly from the right costophrenic angle (Fig.
A chest radiograph demonstrated bilateral alveolar and interstitial opacities, blunting of the costophrenic angles bilaterally, and bilateral pleural effusions.