Clinical application of Lung Ultrasound for the management of pregnant women with suspicion of COVID-19: A review of literature

D. Buonsenso, Davide Pata, C. De Rose, R. Morello, F. Moro, M. Franchi, G. Scambia, A. C. Testa

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Abstract

COVID-19 is an infectious illness caused by a virus named SARS-CoV-2. Recent studies underlined the need for chest computed tomography (CT) in COVID-19 patients to assess lung involvement. However, CT has a series of disadvantages, such as the need to move the patient from an isolation room to a Radiology Department, the difficulty in protecting and disinfecting the machine, the high cost of the equipment. These disadvantages apply especially to pregnant women, in particular because of the exposure to a significant amount of radiation to the fetus. In order to avoid these disadvantages, a series of manuscript were published on the alternative use of Lung Ultrasound (LUS) during COVID-19 outbreak. Therefore, we carried out a review of the published studies and case reports, in order to underline the advantages, the correct technique, the typical LUS manifestations of COVID-19 and to help researchers in the diagnosis and monitoring of the disease, especially for obstetricians and gynecologists who already use ultrasound in their clinical practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)182-188
Number of pages7
JournalItalian Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
Volume32
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Lung Ultrasound
  • Pregnant women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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