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Vena cava ultrasound

Pablo Blanco, Giovanni Volpicelli
BACKGROUND: Point-of-care ultrasonography (POCUS) is a widely used tool in emergency and critical care settings, useful in the decision-making process as well as in interventional guidance. While having an impressive diagnostic accuracy in the hands of highly skilled operators, inexperienced practitioners must be aware of some common misinterpretations that may lead to wrong decisions at the bedside. OBJECTIVES: This article provides a revision list of common POCUS misdiagnoses usually found in practice and offers useful tips to recognize and avoid them...
December 2016: Critical Ultrasound Journal
Jacob J Glaser, Cassandra Cardarelli, Samuel Galvagno, Thomas M Scalea, Sarah B Murthi
BACKGROUND: Point-of-care ultrasound often includes cardiac ultrasound. It is commonly used to evaluate cardiac function in critically ill patients but lacks the specific quantitative anatomic assessment afforded by standard transthoracic echocardiography (TTE). We developed the Focused Rapid Echocardiographic Examination (FREE), a hybrid between a cardiac ultrasound and TTE that places an emphasis on cardiac function rather than anatomy. We hypothesized that data obtained from FREE correlate well with TTE while providing actionable information for clinical decision making...
November 2016: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Jie Zhao, Guolin Wang
BACKGROUND This study aimed to investigate the relationship between the inferior vena cava respirophasic variation (IVC collapsibility index [IVCCI]) and the general heart end-diastolic volume index (GEDVI). By determining the above relationship, we could evaluate the utility of IVCCI as an indicator. MATERIAL AND METHODS Forty-two septic patients were finally enrolled in this study. The inferior vena cava's diameter was measured with the largest at the end of expiration (IVC3) and with the smallest at the end of inspiration (IVCi) on the ultrasound (IVCCI=[(IVCD e - IVCD i)/IVCD e] ×100%)...
October 20, 2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Cai-Hua Wang, Chuan-Cai Xu, Jun-Hong Jiang, Yan-Bin Chen, Sheng-Hua Zhan
Primary pulmonary synovial sarcoma (PPSS) is a rare disease. Diagnosis is made postoperatively following resection of the tumor. We describe the case of a 39-year-old non-smoking woman whose chest imaging revealed a heterogeneous mass (5.4 cm × 4.6 cm), with soft tissue density in the right upper lobe and pleural effusion in the right hemithorax. The tumor was enhanced on a computed tomography scan, in which enlargement of the mediastinal lymph nodes compressing the adjacent superior vena cava was observed...
September 10, 2016: Thoracic Cancer
Marianna Nardozza, Donato Mele, Roberto Ferrari
We report the case of a 67-year-old woman with a carcinoid tumor of midgut origin who developed carcinoid heart disease and died because of bowel perforation. Echocardiography allowed the diagnosis, recognizing the typical abnormalities of tricuspid and pulmonary valve leaflets. The sonographic examination also evidenced peculiar alterations of the right heart hemodynamics: end-diastolic reversal of flow at the level of the pulmonary valve, reduced respiratory excursion without enlargement of the inferior vena cava, and biphasic hepatic venous flow without respiratory variation...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Clinical Ultrasound: JCU
Frank W DiPaola, Kurt R Schumacher, Caren S Goldberg, Joshua Friedland-Little, Aishwarya Parameswaran, Jonathan R Dillman
OBJECTIVES: Assess liver stiffness using ultrasound point shear wave elastography (US P-SWE) in children before and after the Fontan operation. METHODS: Eighteen children undergoing the Fontan operation were prospectively enrolled. Eight US P-SWE measurements were obtained from the right hepatic lobe before surgery, and at multiple postoperative time points. Temporally related inferior vena cava pressure (IVC) data was collected from medical records, when available...
October 17, 2016: European Radiology
K Ye, X Lu, W Li, M Yin, X Liu, J Qin, G Liu, M Jiang
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the technical aspects and short-term clinical results of stent placement for chronic occlusion of a filter-bearing inferior vena cava (IVC) in patients with severe post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS). METHODS: A retrospective analysis of 24 patients with severe PTS associated with occlusion of a filter-bearing IVC treated by stent placement was conducted at a single institution from January 2010 to December 2014. Patient-reported quality of life and limb Villalta scores were evaluated before and after treatment by questionnaire and clinical examination, respectively...
October 14, 2016: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
H Chen, X T Wang, X Ding, H M Zhang, H Zhao, Y G Chao, W He, D W Liu
Objective: To investigate the relationship between optic nerve sheath diameter (ONSD) and volume status of patients after cardiac surgery. Methods: A total of consecutive 56 patients who were treated in Critical Care Unit in Peking Union Medical College Hospital after open heart surgery from January to August 2015 were screened in this study. Central venous pressure (CVP) and 72 h net fluid balance were monitored. ONSD and diameter of inferior vena cava (IVC) were measured by ultrasound. Results: A total of 44 patients were finally included in the study...
October 1, 2016: Zhonghua Nei Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Internal Medicine]
J Ambrozic, K Prokselj, M Lucovnik
INTRODUCTION: The ability to judge intravascular volume is fundamental in the management of patients with severe preeclampsia. Insufficient intravascular volume can result in decreased oxygen delivery to tissues and exacerbates organ dysfunction. On the other hand, fluid excesses can lead to fluid extravasation and pulmonary edema. Outside of pregnancy, transthoracic echocardiography and lung ultrasonography have become important diagnostic and monitoring tools in critically ill patients...
August 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Hendry Robert Sawe, Cathryn Haeffele, Juma A Mfinanga, Victor G Mwafongo, Teri A Reynolds
BACKGROUND: Bedside inferior vena cava (IVC) ultrasound has been proposed as a non-invasive measure of volume status. We compared ultrasound measurements of the caval index (CI) and physician gestalt to predict blood pressure response in patients requiring intravenous fluid resuscitation. METHODS: This was a prospective study of adult emergency department patients requiring fluid resuscitation. A structured data sheet was used to record serial vital signs and the treating clinician's impression of patient volume status and cause of hypotension...
2016: PloS One
Peter Bentzer, Donald E Griesdale, John Boyd, Kelly MacLean, Demetrios Sirounis, Najib T Ayas
IMPORTANCE: Fluid overload occurring as a consequence of overly aggressive fluid resuscitation may adversely affect outcome in hemodynamically unstable critically ill patients. Therefore, following the initial fluid resuscitation, it is important to identify which patients will benefit from further fluid administration. OBJECTIVE: To identify predictors of fluid responsiveness in hemodynamically unstable patients with signs of inadequate organ perfusion. DATA SOURCES AND STUDY SELECTION: Search of MEDLINE and EMBASE (1966 to June 2016) and reference lists from retrieved articles, previous reviews, and physical examination textbooks for studies that evaluated the diagnostic accuracy of tests to predict fluid responsiveness in hemodynamically unstable adult patients who were defined as having refractory hypotension, signs of organ hypoperfusion, or both...
September 27, 2016: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
Shaileshkumar Garge, Shyamkumar N Keshava, Vinu Moses
We describe a novel technique for facilitating recanalization of intrahepatic inferior vena cava (IVC) via the transjugular approach in patients with short segmental hepatic IVC occlusion, where a transjugular liver biopsy cannula provides additional support to the catheter-wire combination and trans-abdominal ultrasound helps in positioning the tip of the cannula at the stump of suprahepatic IVC.
August 3, 2016: Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology
Sinan Karacabey, Erkman Sanri, Ozlem Guneysel
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the correlation between central venous pressure (CVP) and inferior vena cava (IVC) diameters measured by ultrasonography (Ultrasound) in critically ill patients. METHODS: Intubated critically ill patients were enrolled. The CVP values were measured using a U-tube manometer and were compared to the IVC diameters and collapsibility index, which were measured by bedside Ultrasound. Patients younger than 18 years old, who were not intubated, who had an abdominal pressure greater than 12 mmHg, and/or who were admitted for trauma were excluded from the study...
July 2016: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
Daniele Orso, Nicola Guglielmo, Nicola Federici, Francesco Cugini, Alessio Ban, Filippo Mearelli, Roberto Copetti
PURPOSE: Dehydration is a very common condition among elderly people. Till date there is not yet a fast and easy method to determine a state of dehydration in the emergency department. In the literature there are some exploratory studies that have tried to establish the relationship between some widely used laboratory values and ultrasound for the purpose of diagnosing dehydration. The primary aim of this study is to verify the correlation between two measures derived by ultrasound (caval index and expiratory diameter of inferior vena cava) and blood urea nitrogen (BUN)/creatinine ratio...
September 2016: Journal of Ultrasound
Sangeeta Ramanan, Jude Chapman-Wardy, Roy Watson
A 43-year-old woman presented with severe anaemia secondary to menorrhagia. Pelvic ultrasound showed a large intramural posterior fundal fibroid. Hysteroscopy showed the fibroid distorting the endometrial cavity, precluding Mirena® device insertion. As she was initially hesitant to have a hysterectomy, medical management with the oral contraceptive pill (OCP) and tranexamic acid was instituted, with good effect. Months later, after a long road trip, she presented with left leg swelling, and a Doppler ultrasound confirmed an extensive deep vein thrombosis (DVT)...
2016: Case Reports in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Fansan Zhu, Laura Rosales, Peter Kotanko
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The aim of this article is to present current information on techniques for fluid status assessment in patients with kidney disease. The methods can be broadly categorized into biomarkers, ultrasound, blood volume monitoring, and bioimpedance. RECENT FINDINGS: Biomarkers including atrial natriuretic peptide and B-type natriuretic peptide have been shown to provide information about relative changes in fluid status. Ultrasound is applied to measure inferior vena cava indices, pulmonary indicators, and vascular indicators of fluid overload...
November 2016: Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension
Suvranu Ganguli, Beau M Hawkins, Farhad Abtahian, Mazen S Abu-Fadel, Thomas G Walker, Cheryl MacKay, Michael R Jaff, Ido Weinberg
OBJECTIVES: To compare utilization, procedural outcomes, complications and long-term patient outcomes associated with bedside placement of inferior vena cava filters (IVCF) using intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) and fluoroscopic placement of IVCF. BACKGROUND: IVCF are usually placed under fluoroscopic-guidance in dedicated angiography suites. Bedside placement of IVCF is possible in patients not suitable for transportation, but data regarding their use are limited...
August 28, 2016: Annals of Vascular Surgery
Shadi Lahham, Lester Tsai, Sean P Wilson, Samer Assaf, Roman Navarro, Faried Banimahd, Mohammad Subeh, Erik D Barton, Abigail Barbera, J Christian Fox
BACKGROUND: Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is extremely rare but under recognized in the pediatric population. Although the literature on the use of ultrasound to detect VTEs in adults is plentiful, little has been documented on its use in the pediatric population. CASE REPORT: We present a case of a healthy 16-year-old female who presented to our emergency department with 3 months of dyspnea on exertion and one episode of near-syncope. Point-of-care cardiac ultrasound identified an inferior vena cava thrombosis...
October 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Konstantinos Tsilonis, Pantelis A Sarafidis, Vasilios Kamperidis, Charalampos Loutradis, Panagiotis I Georgianos, Konstantinos Imprialos, Antonios Ziakas, Georgios Sianos, Pavlos Nikolaidis, Anastasios N Lasaridis, Haralambos Karvounis
BACKGROUND: The long interdialytic interval in thrice-weekly hemodialysis is associated with excess cardiovascular risk. However, the mechanisms behind these adverse consequences are not fully understood. This study investigated the interdialytic changes in right and left ventricular function during the 2- and 3-day intervals. STUDY DESIGN: Observational study with 2 random crossover sequences of recordings: 3-day followed by 2-day interval or vice versa. SETTINGS & PARTICIPANTS: 41 stable patients with end-stage renal disease on standard thrice-weekly hemodialysis therapy...
August 18, 2016: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
Fikri M Abu-Zidan
BACKGROUND: Some surgeons may lack proper experience in abdominal packing. Overpacking may directly compress the inferior vena cava (IVC). This reduces the venous return and possibly causes hypotension. Here, a new on table Point-of-Care Ultrasound application that has been recently used to assess the effect of abdominal packing on the IVC diameter is described. Following abdominal packing, a small print convex array probe with low frequency (2-5 MHz) is used to visualize the IVC. Using the B mode, the IVC can be directly evaluated through a hepatic window between the ribs...
2016: World Journal of Emergency Surgery: WJES
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