Pitfalls in the Ultrasonographic Diagnosis of Pneumothorax

J Intensive Care Soc. 2017 May;18(2):143-145. doi: 10.1177/1751143716681034. Epub 2016 Nov 23.


In recent years, point-of-care ultrasound has become a useful technique for assisting in rapid diagnosis or exclusion of pneumothorax. It has been shown to have excellent sensitivity and specificity. Despite this, we present a case of a large pneumothorax that was not detected by bedside ultrasound. We consider the reasons for failure and discuss pitfalls and limitations described in the literature.

Keywords: Pneumothorax; failure; lung; sonographic; ultrasound.

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