The diagnosis of pneumonia in a pregnant woman with coronavirus disease 2019 using maternal lung ultrasound

Riccardo Inchingolo, Andrea Smargiassi, Francesca Moro, Danilo Buonsenso, Silvia Salvi, Paola Del Giacomo, Giancarlo Scoppettuolo, Libertario Demi, Gino Soldati, Antonia Carla Testa

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Abstract

Lung ultrasound examination has been demonstrated to be an accurate imaging method to detect pulmonary and pleural conditions. During pregnancy, there is a need for rapid assessment of the maternal lung in patients with suspected coronavirus disease 2019. We report our experience on lung ultrasound examination in the diagnosis of coronavirus disease 2019 pneumonia in a pregnant woman. Typical ultrasound features of this pulmonary pathology, including diffuse hyperechoic vertical artifacts with thickened pleural line and “white lung” with patchy distribution, were observed. We suggest point-of-care lung ultrasound examination as a diagnostic imaging tool in pregnant women with suspected coronavirus disease 2019.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-11
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume223
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020

Keywords

  • biomarkers
  • coronavirus
  • COVID-19
  • diagnosis
  • lung ultrasound
  • pleural effusion
  • pregnancy
  • respiratory failure
  • viral infection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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