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Case Rep Emerg Med. 2018 Feb 13;2018:5019415. doi: 10.1155/2018/5019415. eCollection 2018.

Identification of Hollow Viscus Injury with FAST Examination in Kurdistan, Iraq.

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Emergency Hospital, Duhok, Kurdistan, Iraq.
Section of Emergency Medicine, Louisiana State University, New Orleans, LA, USA.


Point-of-care ultrasound has become indispensable in the evaluation of trauma, particularly in low resource areas, where it may be the only rapidly available imaging modality. The FAST (Focused Assessment with Sonography in Trauma) in particular can be lifesaving, by rapidly detecting signs of intra-abdominal hemorrhage. However, the FAST is primarily designed to identify free fluid associated with solid organ injury and is thought to have less sensitivity and power in identifying evidence of hollow viscus injury. We present a case of an unidentified man that presented to a hospital in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq, a region of low resources, surrounded by war. The FAST exam proved to be the key to identifying this patient's injuries.

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