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Pediatric emergency ultrasound

Sathyaseelan Subramaniam, Jacqueline Bober, Jennifer Chao, Shahriar Zehtabchi
BACKGROUND: Traditionally, emergency department (ED) physicians rely on their clinical examination to differentiate between cellulitis and abscess when evaluating skin and soft tissue infections (SSTI). Management of an abscess requires incision and drainage, whereas cellulitis generally requires a course of antibiotics. Misdiagnosis often results in unnecessary invasive procedures, sedations (for incision and drainage in pediatric patients), or a return ED visit for failed antibiotic therapy...
October 21, 2016: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
Graham Cameron Thompson, Ellen Morrison, Marshall Ross, Helena Liu, Otto G Vanderkooi, Robin Eccles
OBJECTIVES: To determine the proportion of true-positive blood culture results in children presenting to the ED with suspected appendicitis. To describe the current practice of obtaining blood cultures in children with suspected appendicitis. METHODS: We performed a 2-year retrospective health record review of all children aged 2 through 17 years investigated for suspected appendicitis at a tertiary Pediatric Emergency Department. Subjects were identified by searching (a) institutional records for ICD-10-CA coding, (b) diagnostic imaging records of ultrasounds for appendicitis, and (c) surgical database records for nonincidental appendectomies...
October 17, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
Robert P Olympia, Robert Wilkinson, Jennifer Dunnick, Brendan J Dougherty, Debra Zauner
OBJECTIVE: The aims of this study were to describe pediatric emergency department (ED) referrals from urgent care centers and to determine the percentage of referrals considered essential and serious. METHODS: A prospective study was conducted between April 2013 and April 2015 on patients younger than 21 years referred directly to an ED in central Pennsylvania from surrounding urgent care centers. Referrals were considered essential or serious based on investigations/procedures performed or medications/consultations received in the ED...
October 8, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
Chen Zhan, Natalia Grundtvig, Bent Helmuth Klug
OBJECTIVES: Recent studies suggest that lung ultrasound is a good, radiation-free alternative to chest radiography in children with pneumonia. We investigated how bedside lung ultrasound performed by a pediatric resident compared with chest radiography in children with suspected pneumonia. METHODS: This was a prospective study comparing bedside lung ultrasound to chest radiography as the reference standard. Children aged 0 to 15 years with suspected pneumonia at a pediatric emergency department were included and underwent chest radiography and lung ultrasound...
October 4, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
Marie Pier Desjardins, Kirstin D Weerdenburg, Jason W Fischer
We present a case series of 2 patients who presented to a pediatric emergency department with history and symptoms suggestive of diaphragmatic hernia. Point-of-care ultrasound was used at the bedside to demonstrate the presence of bowel in the thorax and accurately guided the care of these children.
October 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
R Guanà, L Lonati, S Garofalo, N Tommasoni, L Ferrero, A Cerrina, R Lemini, C Dallan, J Schleef
Introduction. Acute appendicitis is the most common surgical emergency in the pediatric population. The peak incidence occurs in the first decade of life, while it is uncommon to face appendicitis in children younger than 5 years of age. Laparoscopy is now demonstrated to be the optimal approach also to treat complicated appendicitis, but in very young children this standardized operation is not always easy to perform. Material and Methods. From January 2009 to December 2015 we operated on 525 acute appendicitis, with 120 patients less than 5 years of age...
2016: Surgery Research and Practice
Christine Keller, Nancy E Wang, Daniel L Imler, Shreyas S Vasanawala, Matias Bruzoni, James V Quinn
BACKGROUND: Ionizing radiation and cost make ultrasound (US), when available, the first imaging study for the diagnosis of suspected pediatric appendicitis. US is less sensitive and specific than computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, which are often performed after nondiagnostic US. OBJECTIVES: We sought to determine predictors of nondiagnostic US in order to guide efficient ordering of imaging studies. METHODS: A prospective cohort study of consecutive patients 4 to 30 years of age with suspected appendicitis took place at an emergency department with access to 24/7 US, MRI, and CT capabilities...
September 27, 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Joanna S Cohen, Naomi Hughes, Sonny Tat, James M Chamberlain, Stephen J Teach, Keith Boniface
OBJECTIVES: Recent literature suggests that bedside lung ultrasound may have a role in the evaluation of infants with bronchiolitis. B lines, which are multiple and diffuse vertical artifacts spreading from the lung pleural interface to the edge of the ultrasound screen, have been associated with thickened interlobular septa, extravascular lung water, and diffuse parenchymal disease. The aims of this study were (1) to describe the prevalence of B lines in children younger than 24 months presenting to the emergency department with wheezing, (2) to determine the interrater reliability of lung ultrasound findings in this setting, and (3) to determine the association of B lines with atopy and other clinical findings...
September 23, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
Emily F Goodwin, Paige I Partain, Jeffrey D Lebensburger, Naomi S Fineberg, Thomas H Howard
BACKGROUND: Cholelithiasis is a frequent complication in pediatric sickle cell disease (SCD). Though it is standard practice to perform a cholecystectomy in pediatric SCD patients with symptoms of cholelithiasis, the use of elective cholecystectomy for asymptomatic patients remains controversial. PROCEDURE: Records of 191 pediatric sickle cell patients with cholelithiasis who underwent cholecystectomy were retrospectively reviewed. Patients classified as follows: (i) elective-no preoperative symptoms, cholelithiasis on screening ultrasound, comprehensive preoperative plan; (ii) symptomatic-preoperative symptoms of cholelithiasis on diagnostic ultrasound, comprehensive preoperative plan; or (iii) emergent-hospitalization for acute cholecystitis symptoms, cholelithiasis on diagnostic ultrasound, limited preoperative preparation...
September 19, 2016: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
Michael Gorn, Sergey Kunkov, Ellen F Crain
OBJECTIVE: To describe a novel Ultrasound Assisted Lumbar Puncture (UALP) technique and to compare it to Standard Lumbar Puncture (SLP) technique in infants. METHODS: A prospective, randomized, controlled study in infants 60 days old and younger undergoing a lumbar puncture (LP) in a pediatric emergency department. Patients with a spinal anomaly or ventriculoperitoneal shunt were excluded. Eligible infants were randomized to UALP or SLP. A spinal sonogram was performed on all patients by an investigator not involved in performing the LP...
September 15, 2016: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
Muhsin Nuh Aybay, Seyit Erol, Hasan Emin Kaya, Ibrahim Guler
BACKGROUND: Appendix invagination is a rare cause of right lower quadrant abdominal pain. Clinical findings are not specific and can mimic a wide range of diseases. CASE REPORT: An 8-year-old girl was admitted with abdominal pain lasting for 2 weeks. Clinical and radiologic findings suggested ileocecal intussusception initially. A failed hydrostatic reduction attempt and subsequent abdominal ultrasound and computed tomography studies showed that the underlying pathology was invagination of the vermiform appendix...
September 9, 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Kimberly B Horner, Amy Jones, Li Wang, Daniel G Winger, Jennifer R Marin
BACKGROUND: Pediatric abdominal pain visits to emergency departments (ED) are common. The objectives of this study are to assess variation in imaging (ultrasound ±computed tomography [CT]) and factors associated with isolated CT use. METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study of ED visits for pediatric abdominal pain resulting in discharge from 16 regional EDs from 2007 to 2013. Primary outcome was ultrasound or CT imaging. Secondary outcome was isolated CT use...
August 26, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Yahya Acar, Onur Tezel, Necati Salman, Erdem Cevik, Margarita Algaba-Montes, Alberto Oviedo-García, Mayra Patricio-Bordomás, Mustafa Z Mahmoud, Abdelmoneim Sulieman, Abbas Ali, Alrayah Mustafa, Ihab Abdelrahman, Mustafa Bahar, Osama Ali, H Lester Kirchner, Gregor Prosen, Ajda Anzic, Paul Leeson, Maryam Bahreini, Fatemeh Rasooli, Houman Hosseinnejad, Gabriel Blecher, Robert Meek, Diana Egerton-Warburton, Edina Ćatić Ćuti, Stanko Belina, Tihomir Vančina, Idriz Kovačević, Nadan Rustemović, Ikwan Chang, Jin Hee Lee, Young Ho Kwak, Do Kyun Kim, Chi-Yung Cheng, Hsiu-Yung Pan, Chia-Te Kung, Ela Ćurčić, Ena Pritišanac, Ivo Planinc, Marijana Grgić Medić, Radovan Radonić, Abiola Fasina, Anthony J Dean, Nova L Panebianco, Patricia S Henwood, Oliviero Fochi, Moreno Favarato, Ezio Bonanomi, Ivan Tomić, Youngrock Ha, Hongchuen Toh, Elizabeth Harmon, Wilma Chan, Cameron Baston, Gail Morrison, Frances Shofer, Angela Hua, Sharon Kim, James Tsung, Isa Gunaydin, Zeynep Kekec, Mehmet Oguzhan Ay, Jinjoo Kim, Jinhyun Kim, Gyoosung Choi, Dowon Shim, Ji-Han Lee, Jana Ambrozic, Katja Prokselj, Miha Lucovnik, Gabrijela Brzan Simenc, Asta Mačiulienė, Almantas Maleckas, Algimantas Kriščiukaitis, Vytautas Mačiulis, Andrius Macas, Sharad Mohite, Zoltan Narancsik, Hugon Možina, Sara Nikolić, Jan Hansel, Rok Petrovčič, Una Mršić, Simon Orlob, Markus Lerchbaumer, Niklas Schönegger, Reinhard Kaufmann, Chun-I Pan, Chien-Hung Wu, Sarah Pasquale, Stephanie J Doniger, Sharon Yellin, Gerardo Chiricolo, Maja Potisek, Borut Drnovšek, Boštjan Leskovar, Kristine Robinson, Clara Kraft, Benjamin Moser, Stephen Davis, Shelley Layman, Yusef Sayeed, Joseph Minardi, Irmina Sefic Pasic, Amra Dzananovic, Anes Pasic, Sandra Vegar Zubovic, Ana Godan Hauptman, Ana Vujaklija Brajkovic, Jaksa Babel, Marina Peklic, Vedran Radonic, Luka Bielen, Peh Wee Ming, Nur Hafiza Yezid, Fatahul Laham Mohammed, Zainal Abidin Huda, Wan Nasarudin Wan Ismail, W Yus Haniff W Isa, Hashairi Fauzi, Praveena Seeva, Mohd Zulfakar Mazlan
A1 Point-of-care ultrasound examination of cervical spine in emergency departmentYahya Acar, Onur Tezel, Necati SalmanA2 A new technique in verifying the placement of a nasogastric tube: obtaining the longitudinal view of nasogastric tube in addition to transverse view with ultrasoundYahya Acar, Necati Salman, Onur Tezel, Erdem CevikA3 Pseudoaneurysm of the femoral artery after cannulation of a central venous line. Should we always use ultrasound in these procedures?Margarita Algaba-Montes, Alberto Oviedo-García, Mayra Patricio-BordomásA4 Ultrasound-guided supraclavicular subclavian vein catheterization...
September 2016: Critical Ultrasound Journal
Azza Abdel Gawad Tantawy, Amira Abdel Moneam Adly, Eman Abdel Rahman Ismail, Mai Abdelazeem
BACKGROUND: Patients with sickle cell disease (SCD) are at high risk of renal dysfunction and cardiovascular morbidity. The association between cystatin C and renal function is well known, however, cystatin C has recently emerged as a strong predictor of cardiovascular events and adverse outcomes in patients with and without kidney disease, mostly related to both inflammation and atherosclerosis. AIM: To determine cystatin C levels in 53 children and adolescents with SCD compared to 40 age- and sex-matched healthy controls and assess its relation to markers of hemolysis, iron overload, sickle vasculopathy, and carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT)...
August 31, 2016: Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/hemostasis
Riccardo Lemini, Riccardo Guanà, Nicola Tommasoni, Alessandro Mussa, Gianpaolo Di Rosa, Jurgen Schleef
PURPOSE: To evaluate the role of Doppler ultrasonography (DUS) in diagnosing pediatric testicular torsion (TT), and its diagnostic accuracy, and helping clinicians increase specificity and decrease negative exploration rates. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed a retrospective study of all consecutive patients with acute testicular symptoms referring to our pediatric emergency department (ED) from January 2010 to December 2013. RESULTS: We analyzed 1091 patients, with a mean age of 9 years...
2016: Urology Journal
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
Achim Schmitz, Alexander R Schmidt, Philipp K Buehler, Thomas Schraner, Melanie Frühauf, Markus Weiss, Richard Klaghofer, Christian J Kellenberger
BACKGROUND: Emergency situations and conditions with impaired gastric emptying enhance the risk of perioperative pulmonary aspiration due to increased residual gastric contents volume (GCV). Gastric ultrasonographic (US) measurement of the gastric antral cross-sectional area (CSA) has been proposed to estimate preanesthetic GCV. However, only few healthy children and fasted pediatric patients have been investigated so far, predicting GCV with considerable imprecision. This study aimed to compare GCV assessed by US in different patient positions for measuring CSA, using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as reference, and to evaluate its potential as diagnostic test...
August 20, 2016: Paediatric Anaesthesia
Jatin Kaicker, Mercedes Zajac, Ravi Shergill, Hema N Choudur
This study aims to prospectively evaluate the ultrasound appearance of the normal Lisfranc's ligament in 50 patients (100 ft) with no prior or current ligament injury. Fifty normal asymptomatic patients between the ages of 18 and 80 years were assessed. Three key features were recorded: ultrasound appearance, thickness, and length of the Lisfranc's ligament. Patients excluded from this study included pediatric patients and those with history of injury or symptoms related to the foot. The mean right- and left-sided ligament (RT) thickness were 0...
August 6, 2016: Emergency Radiology
Darren Klugman, John T Berger
OBJECTIVES: The following review will describe the use of focused cardiac ultrasound performed by noncardiologists and its role as an acute hemodynamic monitoring tool in pediatric cardiac critical care. DATA SOURCE: MEDLINE and PubMed. CONCLUSION: The use of focused cardiac ultrasound has grown tremendously over recent years, and is increasingly being performed and interpreted by intensivists, anesthesiologists, and emergency medicine physicians...
August 2016: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Margaret J Lin, Kiersten Gurley, Beatrice Hoffmann
OBJECTIVES: Improper placement of the tracheal tube during intubation can lead to dangerous complications, and bedside ultrasound has been proposed as a method of quickly and accurately identifying tube placement. Recent studies in adults have found it to be accurate, but its applicability in pediatric patients is unclear. This systematic review aims to describe the current available data on the accuracy and feasibility of bedside ultrasound for tracheal tube placement in children. DATA SOURCES: OVID MEDLINE and EMBASE...
October 2016: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
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