The role of lung ultrasound in the diagnosis and follow-up of community-acquired pneumonia

Angelika Reissig, Andrea Gramegna, Stefano Aliberti

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Abstract

CAP may be diagnosed and followed up by lung sonography (LUS), a technique that shows excellent sensitivity and specificity that is at least comparable with that of chest X-ray in two planes. LUS may be performed with any abdomen-sonography device. Therefore, LUS is a readily available diagnostic tool that does not involve radiation exposure and has wide applications especially in situations where X-ray is not available and/or not applicable. An X-ray or CT of the chest should be performed in cases of negative lung sonography and if other differential diagnoses or complications are suspected.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)391-397
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Journal of Internal Medicine
Volume23
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012

Keywords

  • Community-acquired pneumonia
  • Diagnosis of pneumonia
  • Diagnostic
  • Follow-up of pneumonia
  • Lung ultrasound
  • Microbiological

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine

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