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The Role of B-Line Artifacts on Lung Ultrasound in Critically Ill Patients

  • Ana Pičuljan1
  • Alen Protić1
  • Mehmed Haznadar2
  • Alan Šustić1,3

1Department of Anesthesiology, Reanimatology, Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Rijeka, Croatia

2Department of Anesthesiology, Reanimatology and Intensive Care Medicine, Cantonal Hospital Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

3Department of Clinical Medical Science II, Faculty of Health Studies, University of Rijeka, Croatia

DOI: 10.22514/sv.2020.16.0041 Vol.16,Issue 2,October 2020 pp.1-7

Published: 28 October 2020

*Corresponding Author(s): Ana Pičuljan E-mail: ana.piculjan@student.uniri.hr

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Abstract

Lung ultrasound (LUS) is becoming a valuable tool in assessing patients in the ER, ICU, and on the hospital wards because it is a simple, fast and harmless technique. One of the most distinct artefacts seen with LUS are B-lines, hyperechoic laser-like lines that form in the presence of thickened interlobular septa due to alveo-interstitial syndrome. Many researches have been conducted recently with a goal of correlating B-lines to specific known parameters such as EVLW, PAOP, lung density, and parameters of cardiac failure, either in quantitative or semiquantitative manner. This paper is a short overview of the present known correlations, shortcomings of conducted investigations and differential diagnosis problems and exceptions of B-line artefacts in everyday clinical practice.

Key words

Point-of-care-ultrasound (POCUS), Lung ultrasound, B-lines

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Ana Pičuljan,Alen Protić,Mehmed Haznadar,Alan Šustić. The Role of B-Line Artifacts on Lung Ultrasound in Critically Ill Patients. Signa Vitae. 2020. 16(2);1-7.

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