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PV Card: Focused Lung Ultrasound

2017-08-03T00:20:50+00:00

focused lung ultrasound A LinesBedside pulmonary ultrasonography is becoming increasingly popular in the Emergency Department. You can you use it to assess for pneumothoraces, pleural effusion, pneumonia, pulmonary edema, and other etiologies. There are subtle nuances to help you differentiate these diagnoses. What are A-lines and B-lines? This PV card on the focused lung ultrasound by Drs. Anne Aspler, Clare Heslop, and Mike Stone outline some great bedside tips.

PV Card: Focused Lung Ultrasound


Adapted from 1–3
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Blaivas M, Lyon M, Duggal S. A prospective comparison of supine chest radiography and bedside ultrasound for the diagnosis of traumatic pneumothorax. Acad Emerg Med. 2005;12(9):844-849. [PubMed]
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Liteplo A, Marill K, Villen T, et al. Emergency thoracic ultrasound in the differentiation of the etiology of shortness of breath (ETUDES): sonographic B-lines and N-terminal pro-brain-type natriuretic peptide in diagnosing congestive heart failure. Acad Emerg Med. 2009;16(3):201-210. [PubMed]
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Volpicelli G. Lung sonography. J Ultrasound Med. 2013;32(1):165-171. [PubMed]
Scott Kobner
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Medical Student
New York University School of Medicine
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