POINT OF CARE ULTRASOUND (POCUS) SAVES LIVES; A CASE REPORT. UTILITY OF POCUS IN DIAGNOSIS OF AORTIC DISSECTION
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Keywords

aortic dissection
emergency department
PoCUS
point of care ultrasound

How to Cite

POURYAHYA, P., Meyer , A., & Lee , H. (2021). POINT OF CARE ULTRASOUND (POCUS) SAVES LIVES; A CASE REPORT. UTILITY OF POCUS IN DIAGNOSIS OF AORTIC DISSECTION. Mediterranean Journal of Emergency Medicine, (26), 32-35. Retrieved from https://mjemonline.com/index.php/mjem/article/view/81

Abstract

Thoracic aortic aneurysm and thoracic aortic dissection are related conditions that can present with non-specific symptoms and are associated with high morbidity and mortality therefore timely diagnosis is pivotal. Trans-thoracic echocardiography may detect thoracic aortic pathology and is increasingly performed by emergency physicians at the bedside. Point-of-Care Ultrasound can help to differentiate the causes of shock, chest pain and dyspnea.

We describe the case of a pulseless electrical activity arrest in cardiac tamponade resulting from an aortic dissection in which PoCUS assisted in diagnosis and treatment by pericardiocentesis in the emergency department.

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