Lung ultrasonography for early management of patients with respiratory symptoms during COVID-19 pandemic

Andrea Smargiassi, Gino Soldati, Alberto Borghetti, Giancarlo Scoppettuolo, Enrica Tamburrini, Antonia Carla Testa, Francesca Moro, Luigi Natale, Anna Rita Larici, Danilo Buonsenso, Piero Valentini, Gaetano Draisci, Bruno Antonio Zanfini, Maurizio Pompili, Giovanni Scambia, Antonio Lanzone, Francesco Franceschi, Gian Ludovico Rapaccini, Antonio Gasbarrini, Paolo GiorginiLuca Richeldi, Libertario Demi, Riccardo Inchingolo

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Abstract

COVID-19 pandemic is representing a serious challenge to worldwide public health. Lung Ultrasonography (LUS) has been signaled as a potential useful tool in this pandemic contest either to intercept viral pneumonia or to foster alternative paths. LUS could be useful in determining early lung involvement suggestive or not of COVID-19 pneumonia and potentially plays a role in managing decisions for hospitalization in isolation or admission in general ward. In order to face pandemic, in a period in which a large number of emergency room accesses with suspicious symptoms are expected, physicians need a standardized ultrasonographic approach, fast educational processes in order to be able to recognize both suggestive and not suggestive echographic signs and shared algorithms for LUS role in early management of patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)449-456
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Ultrasound
Volume23
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2020

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Lung Ultrasound
  • Sonographic interstitial syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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