Midclavicular line

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Midclavicular line
Pectoral girdles-en.svg
Surface lines of the front of the thorax and abdomen. (Midclavicular line not labeled, but region visible near "mammary line". Note that "mammary line" should not be confused with "mammillary line", which would be a vertical line through the nipple.)
Latin linea medioclavicularis
Gray's p.1309

A midclavicular line (or midclavicular plane) is a vertical line crossing through the left or right clavicle.[1]

Clinical significance[edit]

It is useful for evaluating hepatomegaly and identifying heart sounds, as well as finding the gallbladder. (The gallbladder is at the intersection of the midclavicular line and the transpyloric plane.)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Midclavicular line". The Free Dictionary. 

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