SAMUEL ZELMAN, M.D., F.A.C.P.
There can be little question of the diagnostic value of roentgen visualization of the size, shape and position of the liver and spleen. A number of methods have been described previously for its accomplishment. The simple abdominal flat plate will frequently demonstrate partial outlines of these organs, if stomach and intestinal gas shadows are fortuitously present. Displacements of the barium-filled digestive tract may provide the clue to liver or spleen enlargements. Thus, an enlarged spleen displaces the stomach to the right and produces a smooth pressure defect on the greater curvature; the colon is displaced downward and to the right.
ZELMAN S. LIVER AND SPLEEN VISUALIZATION BY A SIMPLE ROENTGEN CONTRAST METHOD1. Ann Intern Med. ;34:466–478. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-34-2-466
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1951;34(2):466-478.
Gastroenterology/Hepatology, Liver Disease.
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