Ocular Point-of-Care Ultrasound in the Pediatric Emergency Department

Pediatr Emerg Care. 2019 Mar;35(3):e53-e58. doi: 10.1097/PEC.0000000000001762.


Objective: Point-of-care ultrasound has become an important adjunct for diagnostic assessment in pediatric emergency medicine. In this case series, we demonstrate how ocular point-of-care ultrasound is used to correctly diagnose ocular pathologies and to expedite care.

Methods/results: We present a series of cases in which the point-of-care ultrasound ocular examination proved valuable in the timely diagnosis of pathologies involving the lens, vitreous, retina, and retrobulbar segment of the eye.

Conclusion: Point-of-care ultrasound may facilitate diagnosis in children with ocular complaints, even in young and uncooperative patients, and should be considered in children of all ages.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Emergency Service, Hospital
  • Eye / diagnostic imaging
  • Eye / pathology
  • Eye Diseases / diagnostic imaging*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Ophthalmologic Surgical Procedures / methods
  • Point-of-Care Systems*
  • Ultrasonography / methods*