Think Ultrasound When Evaluating for Pneumothorax

  title={Think Ultrasound When Evaluating for Pneumothorax},
  author={Vicki E. Noble},
  journal={Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine},
  • V. Noble
  • Published 1 March 2012
  • Medicine
  • Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine
hen evaluating a patient with hypoxia, dyspnea, or pleurisy, the differential diagnosis a clinician generates oftentimes includes ruling in or ruling out pneumothorax. Indeed, the clinical scenarios in which this diagnosis is important to consider are almost too numerous to list: a patient begins coughing just after a difficult attempt at central line placement; ventilator setting alarms start to go off and oxygen saturations drop in a patient with obstructive pulmonary disease; a young healthy… 

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