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Diagnosing pneumothorax and lung effusion on Lung Ultrasound

Here a couple of infographics on bedside lung ultrasound…                                                                  first one refers to diagnosing pneumothorax, with an introduction of basic definitions on lung ultrasound (ie pleural line, pleural sliding, A/B lines, lung pulse):

1  suspecting pneumothorax in the absence of lung sliding

2 signs which confirm or rule out PTX diagnosis

3 how to look for lung point

Second infographics relates to pleural effusion:

1 diagnosing effusion on 2D and M-mode lung ultrasound

2 localize effusion & define its expected nature

3 easily & quickly quantify pleural effusion to understand if it has to be evacuated

4 if drainage is needed, POCUS could assist or guide chest tube insertion, and support continuous monitoring of the effusion, to evaluate drain effectiveness.

At the end, some tips to choose the right probe for LU & some suggested readings, enjoy!

graphics by Marta Velia Antonini @FOAMecmo                                                                                    content based on Belaïd Bouhemad masterclass at #LIVES2019