A case of pulmonary edema: The critical role of lung-heart integrated ultrasound examination

https://doi.org/10.4081/monaldi.2018.982

Authors

  • Alfonso Sforza | alfosfo@hotmail.it CTO Hospital, Emergency Department, Italy.
  • Maria Viviana Carlino CTO Hospital, Emergency Department, Italy.
  • Mario Guarino CTO Hospital, Emergency Department, Italy.
  • Salvatore Russo CTO Hospital, Emergency Department, Italy.
  • Giovanni Albano Federico II University Hospital, Hypertension Research Center, UOC Emergency Medicine, Italy.
  • Fiorella Paladino Cardarelli Hospital, Emergency Department, Italy.
  • Costantino Mancusi Federico II University Hospital, Hypertension Research Center, UOC Emergency Medicine, Italy.

Abstract

Cardiogenic pulmonary edema is a common presentation of acute heart failure normally treated with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), diuretics and nitrates. This therapy is contraindicated in case of cardiac tamponade. We describe a case of pulmonary edema due to cardiac tamponade in which integrated lung-heart ultrasound examination allowed prompt diagnosis and pericardiocentesis before administration of CPAP thus avoiding circulatory collapse.

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Published
2018-10-01
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Cardiology - Case Reports
Keywords:
Multi-organ ultrasound, point-of-care ultrasound, acute dyspnea, heart failure, cardiac tamponade.
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Sforza, Alfonso, Maria Viviana Carlino, Mario Guarino, Salvatore Russo, Giovanni Albano, Fiorella Paladino, and Costantino Mancusi. 2018. “A Case of Pulmonary Edema: The Critical Role of Lung-Heart Integrated Ultrasound Examination”. Monaldi Archives for Chest Disease 88 (3). https://doi.org/10.4081/monaldi.2018.982.

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