Using Ultrasound in the Diagnosis of Pediatric Pneumonia

The time is here for all physicians caring for pediatric patients to learn pediatric ultrasound for the diagnosis of pneumonia.

Really, to get started all you need to do is to read the article*, watch the video** and start scanning normal children. It is time and you will be helping your pediatric patients. And there are a number of outstanding teaching resources on pulmonary ultrasound available on YouTube***.

Here are the resources.

Prospective evaluation of point-of-care ultrasonography for the diagnosis of pneumonia in children and young adults (full text), from Jama Pediatrics,JAMA Pediatr. 2013 Feb;167(2):119-25. doi: 10.1001/2013.jamapediatrics.107. The abstract of the JAMA peds article is available here at PubMed. The full text pdf is a download to your computer.

**There is a video, based on the above article, showing how to do the US exam for pneumonia, Point-of-Care Ultrasonography for Diagnosis of Pneumonia in Children and Young Adults.

*** YouTube videos:

Bedside Pulmonary Ultrasound Diagnosis By Critical Care Specialist Liz Turner MD, Two YouTube videos by Dr. Turner posted on September 24, 2013 on my website.

Here are some additional references:

Prospective application of clinician-performed lung ultrasonography during the 2009 H1N1 influenza A pandemic: distinguishing viral from bacterial pneumonia full text html, full text pdf. Critical Ultrasound Journal 2012, 4:16.

Italy: Ultrasound First with Pediatric Pneumonia, Emergency Medicine News & Articles, by Dr. Alfredo Barillari, published on February 7, 2013, from the Fall 2012 issue of Emergency Physicians International.

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