A novel use of ultrasound in pulseless electrical activity: the diagnosis of an acute abdominal aortic aneurysm rupture.

@article{Hendrickson2001ANU,
  title={A novel use of ultrasound in pulseless electrical activity: the diagnosis of an acute abdominal aortic aneurysm rupture.},
  author={Robert G. Hendrickson and Anthony J. Dean and Thomas G. Costantino},
  journal={The Journal of emergency medicine},
  year={2001},
  volume={21 2},
  pages={141-4}
}
We report a case of a patient who presented to the Emergency Department with pulseless electrical activity. A rapid diagnosis of ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm was made by Emergency Medicine bedside ultrasonography. On arrival, the patient was without palpable pulses and bradycardic. Therapy with epinephrine, fluids, and atropine was initiated. A bedside ultrasound was immediately performed and revealed coordinated cardiac motion with empty ventricles. A rapid search for signs of blood loss… CONTINUE READING
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