Pulmonary ultrasonography in acute decompensated heart failure <b>[Abstract in English]</b>

  • Ângela Faistauer Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul
  • Ana Carenina Gueller Schaidhauer Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio grande do Sul
  • Rafael Nicolaidis Hospital de Pronto Socorro de Porto Alegre
  • Luiz Cláudio Danzmann Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio grande do Sul
Keywords: HEART FAILURE/diagnosis, PULMONARY EDEMA/ ultrasonography, LUNG/ultrassonography, DIAGNOSIS, DIFFERENTIAL, EMERGENCY MEDICINE.

Abstract

AIMS: To review literature data concerning the use of pulmonary ultrasonography as a diagnostic method in acute decompensated heart failure. SOURCE OF DATA: Articles found in the PubMed database and recent editions of books. SUMMARY OF FINDINGS: Acute decompensated heart failure is a highly prevalent condition in the emergency room. The differential diagnosis from other syndromes associated with acute respiratory failure often represents a complex task for the emergency room physician, since clinical examination and chest radiography do not have sufficient specificity. Pulmonary ultrasonography has been studied as a new technique for the diagnosis of acute heart failure. CONCLUSIONS: Pulmonary ultrasonography has good sensitivity and specificity for pulmonary interstitial edema, in addition to low cost and ease of learning. Hence it has a good applicability for targeting diagnosis, both for confirmation of interstitial edema and for excluding other illnesses.

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Published
2010-04-28
How to Cite
Faistauer, Ângela, Schaidhauer, A. C. G., Nicolaidis, R., & Danzmann, L. C. (2010). Pulmonary ultrasonography in acute decompensated heart failure <b>[Abstract in English]</b>. Scientia Medica, 20(2), 194-199. Retrieved from https://revistaseletronicas.pucrs.br/ojs/index.php/scientiamedica/article/view/5921
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Review Articles