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Pediatric point-of-care ultrasound

Doaa El Amrousy, Mohamed Elkashlan, Nagat Elshmaa, Ahmed Ragab
OBJECTIVES: To assess the efficacy of ultrasound-guided laryngeal air column width difference in predicting postextubation stridor in children. DESIGN: Prospective observational study. SETTING: Single, tertiary care pediatric hospital. PATIENTS: This study was carried out at PICU and surgical ICU, Tanta University Hospital on 400 ventilated children between January 2015 and May 2017. Patients who received mechanical ventilation and met criteria for a weaning trial were included...
March 1, 2018: Critical Care Medicine
Daniel Rosenfield, Jason W Fischer, Charisse W Kwan
The first presentation of congenital heart disease can be a diagnostic challenge in the emergency department. We report on 2 cases where point-of-care ultrasound identified gross cardiac abnormalities in 2 children and expedited disposition and downstream care.
March 2018: Pediatric Emergency Care
Cristina Oana Mărginean, Lorena Elena Meliţ, Emoke Horvath, Horea Gozar, Mihaela Ioana Chinceşan
RATIONALE: Non-Hodgkin lymphoma remains an unpredictable condition in pediatric patients. PATIENT CONCERNS: Our first case describes an 8-year-old boy with a history of iron deficiency anemia, admitted in our clinic for recurrent abdominal pain, weight loss, loss of appetite, diarrheic stools, and fever. The second case also describes an 8-year-old boy admitted for abdominal pain and vomiting. The 3rd case refers to a 4 years and 10 months old boy admitted in our clinic with abdominal pain and loss of appetite, who was initially admitted in the Pediatrics Surgery Clinic with the suspicion of appendicitis...
February 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Amy Z Zhou, Amy Toporowski, James W Tsung
Abdominal radiography and computed tomography scans are standard tests to diagnose pneumoperitoneum. With the growing availability of point-of-care ultrasound, pneumoperitoneum may be diagnosed in settings without easy access to radiography or computed tomography, such as in overcrowded emergency departments or resource-poor environments. The use of point-of-care ultrasound to diagnose or monitor pneumoperitoneum has been described in adult but not pediatric patients. We present a case of point-of-care ultrasound detection of pneumoperitoneum and monitoring for tension pneumoperitoneum, after failed air enema reduction for intussusception in an infant...
February 12, 2018: Pediatric Emergency Care
Erik Su, Nicholas Dalesio, Aliaksei Pustavoitau
Ultrasound has increasingly become a clinical asset in the hands of the anesthesiologist and intensivist who cares for children. Though many applications for ultrasound parallel adult modalities, children as always are not simply small adults and benefit from the application of ultrasound to their management in various ways. Body composition and size are important factors that affect ultrasound performance in the child, as are the pathologies that may uniquely afflict children and aspects of procedures unique to this patient population...
January 19, 2018: Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, Journal Canadien D'anesthésie
Toby C Myatt, Anthony J Medak, Samuel H F Lam
The presentation of a pediatric patient to the emergency department for a malfunctioning or dislodged gastrostomy tube (G-tube) is not uncommon. As such, these tubes are often replaced at the bedside. Improper placement can result in a number of complications, including perforation, fistula tract formation, peritonitis, and sepsis. The current criterion standard method to confirm proper G-tube placement is contrast-enhanced radiography. However, point-of-care ultrasound may be an alternative method to guide and confirm pediatric G-tube replacement in the emergency department...
January 16, 2018: Pediatric Emergency Care
Monika Chaudhari, Emilie K Johnson, Daniel DaJusta, Leena Nahata
BACKGROUND: Reduced fertility is a common potential problem among males with congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH), with nearly half experiencing impaired sperm production. The major cause of oligo/azoospermia in CAH is testicular adrenal rest tumors (TARTs). Studies indicate that ultrasound screening for TARTs should begin during childhood, yet it remains unclear whether boys with CAH are routinely screened for TARTs and/or counseled about infertility risk and potential interventions such as fertility testing and/or preservation...
December 21, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Urology
Jeremy M Root, Alyssa Abo, Joanna Cohen
Traumatic renal injuries are more common in pediatrics because of the relatively larger size of the kidneys in the pediatric patient. Although computerized tomography remains the criterion standard for the initial evaluation of blunt renal trauma, there is evidence that renal ultrasound may serve a role in postinjury surveillance. Here, we present a case in which point-of-care ultrasound was used to image severe blunt renal trauma in a 17-year-old adolescent boy. In this case, point-of-care ultrasound identified severely distorted renal parenchyma after a grade 5 renal laceration was identified on computerized tomography scan...
January 11, 2018: Pediatric Emergency Care
Matthew P Kusulas, Eric P Eutsler, Andrew D DePiero
BACKGROUND: Unsuccessful lumbar puncture (LP) attempts may lead to epidural hematoma (EH) formation within the spinal canal at the site of needle insertion, which can affect subsequent attempts. We aimed to determine the rate of EH formation after infant LP using bedside ultrasound (US). Furthermore, we aimed to correlate both perceived trauma during LP and cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) red blood cell (RBC) counts with EH formation. METHODS: We enrolled infants younger than 6 months who underwent LP in the emergency department...
January 2, 2018: Pediatric Emergency Care
Cécile Tissot, Vincent Muehlethaler, Nicole Sekarski
Functional echocardiography has become an invaluable tool in the pediatric and neonatal intensive care unit. "Point-of-care," "target," or "focus" echocardiography allows bedside cardiac ultrasound evaluation of the hemodynamic status of the patient, helps in directing treatment, thus improves patients care. In order to be able to perform functional echocardiography, it is essential to understand the principles of ultrasound, to know the echocardiographic equipment and settings necessary to acquire the images...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
M Taveira, N Yousef, J Miatello, C Roy, C Claude, B Boutillier, C Dubois, A-F Pierre, P Tissières, P Durand
BACKGROUND: Lung ultrasound (LU) is a bedside point-of-care technique in critical care and emergency medicine. LU is quick and non-irradiating, and provides accurate diagnostic information when compared with chest radiographs. Specific LU signs have been described for bronchiolitis. This study aimed to evaluate the correlation between severity of LU-diagnosed lung lesions, using a quantitative LU score, and the length of non-invasive ventilation (LOV) for infants diagnosed with severe viral bronchiolitis...
December 13, 2017: Archives de Pédiatrie: Organe Officiel de la Sociéte Française de Pédiatrie
Anahi Perlas, Cristian Arzola, Peter Van de Putte
This narrative review summarizes the current knowledge on point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) of gastric contents in order to inform an assessment of aspiration risk and guide anesthetic management at the bedside. An I-AIM framework (Indication, Acquisition, Interpretation, and Medical decision-making) is used to summarize and organize the content areas. This narrative review spans the breadth of the literature on pediatric and adult subjects as well as on special patient populations such as obstetric and severely obese individuals...
April 2018: Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, Journal Canadien D'anesthésie
Christopher I Cruz, Rebecca L Vieira, Rebekah C Mannix, Michael C Monuteaux, Jason A Levy
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 1, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Tomislav Kifer, Zrinjka Mišak, Oleg Jadrešin, Iva Hojsak
OBJECTIVE: Anterior cutaneous nerve entrapment syndrome (ACNES) is often an overlooked cause of abdominal pain. Data for pediatric patients, especially regarding the treatment modalities are scarce. The aim of this study is to present a treatment modality of ACNES with combined local subfascial anesthetic and corticosteroid injection in a prospectively collected cohort of pediatric patients. METHODS: This was a prospective observational long-term study, which included pediatric patients who were diagnosed with ACNES in a tertiary care pediatric center and followed up for at least 12 months (median 1...
November 17, 2017: Clinical Journal of Pain
Amanda F Saltzman, Alonso Carrasco, Jason Weinman, Mariana L Meyers, Nicholas G Cost
PURPOSE: Current Children's Oncology Group studies on renal malignancy focus on minimizing treatment side effects with a goal of decreasing long-term complications. In this series we evaluate the patterns of initial imaging in children with renal tumors. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed records of 122 patients treated for renal tumors at our institution between 2005 and 2016. Ideal imaging was defined as cross-sectional imaging of the chest, abdomen and pelvis in a single setting without any additional ionizing radiation exposing scans...
November 24, 2017: Journal of Urology
Margaret J Lin, Mark Neuman, Rachel Rempell, Michael Monuteaux, Jason Levy
BACKGROUND: Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) is increasingly being used to differentiate cellulitis from abscess in the pediatric emergency department (ED). POCUS has also been shown to decrease length of stay (LOS) for other applications among adult patients. OBJECTIVE: We sought to determine if ED LOS differed for children presenting with skin and soft tissue infections who received POCUS versus radiology-performed ultrasound. METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort study of children presenting to an urban pediatric ED between January 2011 and June 2013 with a diagnosis of cellulitis or abscess who underwent soft tissue ultrasound...
October 27, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Isabel Theresia Gross, Antonio Riera
Transabdominal point-of-care ultrasound may be a helpful tool during the evaluation of children with suspected vaginal foreign bodies. We discuss the case of an 11-year-old girl presenting after having placed a pen into her vagina. The patient attempted to remove the pen, but there was concern the cap may have been retained in the vagina. Point-of-care ultrasound findings confirmed a retained pen cap that was subsequently removed by pediatric surgery. We discuss the role of transabdominal point-of-care ultrasound for the detection of vaginal foreign bodies in pediatric patients...
November 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
Iratxe Galletebeitia Laka, Frederic Samson, Inigo Gorostiza, Andrés Gonzalez, Carlos Gonzalez
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to evaluate the utility of Point-Of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) for diagnosing distal forearm fractures in pediatric emergency departments (ED). PATIENTS AND METHODS: A prospective observational study was carried out in children aged younger than 15 years attended in an ED with an indication of radiography because of a suspected distal forearm fracture. The POCUS was performed considering cortical irregularity or disruption compatible with fracture...
October 13, 2017: European Journal of Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine
Joo Lee Song, Marsha Elkhunovich, Jessica Hersman Rankin
Point-of-care ocular ultrasound can provide the clinician with more information about potential intraorbital and extraocular pathology, especially in cases when direct visualization of the eye is limited. This case report describes the findings in a pediatric patient who presented with a 1-month history of eye injection and worsening blurry vision. After point-of-care ultrasound demonstrated abnormal debris in the posterior vitreous cavity, subsequent evaluation revealed a diagnosis of pars planitis.
October 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
Adam C Adler
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 19, 2017: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
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