The aims of ultrasound guided assessment of pleural effusion are: To determine and describe the size and site of the effusion. To mark the optimal site for drainage (and perform the procedure) if required. To characterize the effusion, noting echogenicity of the fluid, any loculations, solid masses and pleural disease. To observe and describe the […]
A tall and thin 18 year old male presents with pleuritic chest pain and mild shortness of breath. What does the ultrasound show? Lung point
43 year old male presents with left sided chest pain after a collision on the sporting field. What does the ultrasound show?
A 32 year old woman presents to hospital with right sided chest pain and shortness of breath after falling of her bicycle. What does the ultrasound show?
Comprehensive lung ultrasound examination involves the following steps: Thorough clinical assessment with integration of history, clinical findings and other investigations. This enables formulation of a differential diagnosis and allows more accurate interpretation of the ultrasound findings. Ultrasound examination of all accessible pleural surfaces and the adjacent lung. Echocardiography adds enormously but requires additional expertise. Where […]