Additional pediatric resources: GeneralPediatrics.com | PediatricEducation.org | SearchingPediatrics.com
Michael P. D'Alessandro, M.D.
Peer Review Status: Internally Peer Reviewed
The anterior arc of a rib on a normally aligned film should be directed downward, below the normally horizontal posterior rib. If the x-ray tube is angled cephalad or if the infant is not lying flat, a lordotic film is obtained. This results in the anterior arc of the rib projecting cephalad above the posterior rib. In severe lordotic distortion the ribs can appear dysplastic, the lung volumes decreased, the cardiac silhouette may have an elevated apex and appear enlarged, and the central portions of the diaphragm may appear elevated, simulating a diaphragmatic hernia. A normal appearing lateral view taken at the same time of the frontal view will confirm the lordotic nature of the frontal film.
See References Chapter.
Section Top | Title Page
Please send us comments by filling out our Comment Form.
All contents copyright © 1992-2018 Donna M. D'Alessandro, M.D. and Michael P. D'Alessandro, M.D. and the authors. All rights reserved.
"Virtual Pediatric Hospital", the Virtual Pediatric Hospital logo, and "A digital library of pediatric information" are all Trademarks of Donna M. D'Alessandro, M.D. and Michael P. D'Alessandro, M.D.
Virtual Pediatric Hospital is funded in whole by Donna M. D'Alessandro, M.D. and Michael P. D'Alessandro, M.D. Advertising is not accepted.
Your personal information remains confidential and is not sold, leased, or given to any third party be they reliable or not.
The information contained in Virtual Pediatric Hospital is not a substitute for the medical care and advice of your physician. There may be variations in treatment that your physician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.