Andrea Smargiassi

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Chest ultrasonography can be a useful diagnostic tool for respiratory physicians. It can be used to complete and widen the general objective examination also in emergency situations, at the patient's bedside. The aim of this document is to promote better knowledge and more widespread use of thoracic ultrasound among respiratory physicians in Italy.This(More)
Chest ultrasonography can be a useful diagnostic tool for respiratory physicians. It can be used to complete and widen the general objective examination also in emergency situations, at the patient's bedside. The aim of this document is to promote better knowledge and more widespread use of thoracic ultrasound among respiratory physicians in Italy. This(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study is to evaluate feasibility, safety and efficacy of accessing the pleural space with the patient supine or in lateral recumbent position, under constant ultrasonic guidance along the costophrenic sinus. METHODS All patients with pleural effusion, referred to thoracentesis or pleural drainage from February 2010 to January(More)
BACKGROUND Nowadays, ultrasound techniques have not gained importance in the diagnosis and monitoring of lung pathologies yet because of the high mismatch in acoustic impedance between air and intercostal tissues. However, it is evident that B-mode imaging provides important information on pulmonary tissue, although in the form of image artifacts. (More)
BACKGROUND This study aimed to evaluate the clinical value of chest ultrasound (US) in the detection, diagnosis and follow-up of pathologic processes of both peripheral lung parenchyma and pleural space in pregnant women. FINDINGS Pregnant women admitted to Obstetric Pathology Hospital Department for respiratory diseases were enrolled. Chest US(More)
The correspondence between the answers to the Q16 questions regarding memory and attention-concentration and relevant neurobehavioral performance test scores has been evaluated. The sensitivity, specificity and diagnostic validity of Q16 have been assessed, taking the relevant neurobehavioral test score as a reference diagnostic criterion, the lower(More)
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