Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound in Patients With COVID-19

Gino Soldati, Gianfranco Giannasi, Andrea Smargiassi, Riccardo Inchingolo, Libertario Demi

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Abstract

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) represents a very heterogeneous disease. Some aspects of COVID-19 pneumonia question the real nature of ground glass opacities and its consolidative lesions. It has been hypothesized that COVID-19 lung involvement could represent not only a viral effect but also an immune response induced by the infection, causing epithelial/endothelial lesions and coagulation disorders. We report 3 cases of COVID-19 pneumonia in which contrast-enhanced ultrasound was suggestive of consolidations with perfusion defects, at least in part caused by ischemic or necrotic changes and not only by inflammatory or atelectasis events.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2483-2489
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Ultrasound in Medicine
Volume39
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020

Keywords

  • contrast-enhanced ultrasound
  • COVID-19
  • lung ultrasound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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