Lung ultrasonography and pediatric cardiac surgery: first experience with a new tool for postoperative lung complications.

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Lung ultrasonography is a diagnostic tool increasingly used in critical care. Few data are available for the pediatric population. We describe our experience with lung ultrasonography for 5 pediatric patients with common post-cardiac surgery lung complications (pleural effusion, pneumothorax, atelectasis, pneumonia). Ultrasonography was useful also for lung recruitment. Such data were confirmed by chest radiographs or by computed tomography, or both. Lung ultrasonography can be considered as a useful, real-time, bedside tool to detect specific lung diseases, reliably implementing radiographic images and potentially decreasing the total number of radiographs in critically ill children with congenital heart diseases.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Volume97
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Thoracic Surgery
Ultrasonography
Pediatrics
Lung
Pulmonary Atelectasis
Pneumothorax
Pleural Effusion
Critical Care
Critical Illness
Lung Diseases
Heart Diseases
Pneumonia
Thorax
Tomography
Population

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