Abdominal X-ray - Abnormal soft tissues and bones
Lung bases

Key points

  • Check for pathology of the lung bases

There is often a good view of the lung bases on a good quality abdominal X-ray. Occasionally patients with chest disease present with abdominal pain, particularly if the lung bases are involved.

Lung bases

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Lung bases

  • This patient had pseudo-obstruction (note the dilated bowel) secondary to a left basal pneumonia
  • The image shows consolidation and a loculated pleural effusion at the left lung base

Page author: Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust UK (Read bio)

Last reviewed: October 2019