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Pulmonary Ultrasound Examination for Edema, Effusion, and Thromboembolism

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John J. Eicken,

Division of Emergency Ultrasound, Department of Emergency Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, US
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Michael Billington,

Division of Emergency Ultrasound, Department of Emergency Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, US
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Vicki E. Noble

Division of Emergency Ultrasound, Department of Emergency Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, US
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Abstract

Bedside, or point-of-care, ultrasound (US) has increasingly been used in various clinical settings to provide clinicians with rapid clinical information without the use of ionizing radiation. Lung US has been demonstrated as a valuable tool in the diagnosis and evaluation of pulmonary edema, pleural effusions, and pulmonary thromboembolism. Lung US enables the clinician to more quickly identify and initiate treatment for these potentially life-threatening conditions without the need for patient transportation to the radiology suite. Additionally, lung US can repeatedly be implemented to assess clinical changes without concern for repeated radiation exposure and is cost-effective given its ability to decrease the need for additional radiological and laboratory testing to confirm a suspected diagnosis. This review focuses on the application of lung US in the evaluation and management of pulmonary edema, pleural effusions, and pulmonary thromboembolism.

How to Cite: Eicken JJ, Billington M, Noble VE. Pulmonary Ultrasound Examination for Edema, Effusion, and Thromboembolism. Global Heart. 2013;8(4):313–21. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.gheart.2013.12.004
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Published on 01 Dec 2013.
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