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J Emerg Med. 2013 Sep;45(3):e67-70. doi: 10.1016/j.jemermed.2013.03.030. Epub 2013 Jun 15.

Point-of-care ultrasound in a resource-limited setting: diagnosing intussusception.

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  • 1Division of Emergency Ultrasound, Department of Emergency Medicine, St. Luke's/Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York, New York 10019, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Department of Radiology performed ultrasound for patients suspected of having intussusception in resource-limited settings might be either unavailable or significantly time delayed.

OBJECTIVE:

Our objective was to present a case of intussusception successfully diagnosed by point-of-care ultrasound and to review the sonographic appearance and diagnostic criteria for intussusception.

CASE REPORT:

An emergency physician utilized point-of-care ultrasound to diagnose intussusception in a young patient in Haiti.

CONCLUSIONS:

In resource-limited settings, point-of-care ultrasound performed by a physician trained to diagnose intussusception can reduce the time to definitive management and thereby potentially reduce complications such as bowel ischemia and necrosis, dehydration, and sepsis.

KEYWORDS:

international Emergency Medicine; intussusception; point-of-care ultrasound

PMID:
23777777
DOI:
10.1016/j.jemermed.2013.03.030
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