Point-of-care pleural and lung ultrasound in a newborn suffering from cardiac arrest due to tension pneumothorax after cardiac surgery

Angelo Polito, Daniele G. Biasucci, Paola Cogo

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Abstract

We report the case of a 12-day-old newborn affected by coarctation of the aorta and intraventricular defect who underwent coarctectomy and pulmonary artery banding. On post-operative day 7, the patient suffered from pulseless electric activity due to tension pneumothorax. Point-of-care ultrasound was performed during cardiopulmonary resuscitation in an attempt to diagnose pneumothorax. The diagnosis was made without delaying or interrupting chest compressions, and the pneumothorax was promptly treated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)400-402
Number of pages3
JournalCardiology in the Young
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 9 2015

Keywords

  • Cardiac arrest
  • paediatric cardiac surgery
  • pulseless electric activity
  • tension pneumothorax
  • ultrasound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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