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cardiophrenic angle


Definition: the angle between the heart and the diaphragm at either the right or left side of the cardiac projection on imaging (usually the chest x-ray film). The right cardiophrenic angle is normally indistinguishable from the cardiohepatic angle radiographically but may be bridged by the inferior vena cava.

Synonym(s): cardiodiaphragmatic angle, phrenopericardial angle

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