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Emerg Med J 29:19-23 doi:10.1136/emj.2010.101584
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Lung ultrasound is an accurate diagnostic tool for the diagnosis of pneumonia in the emergency department

Table 5

Lung ultrasound findings

(a) Echographic findings in the 80 patients with pneumonia (BPN+) and US+
Ultrasound findings BPN+(80)
 Alveolar consolidation 73 (91%)
  Right lung 37 (51%)
  Left lung 30 (41%)
  Retrocardiac 8 (11%)
  Bilateral 6 (8%)
 Dynamic air bronchogram 71 (97%)
 Fluid bronchogram 28 (39%)
 Perilesional interstitial pattern 42 (57%)
 Interstitial pattern 7 (9%)
  Bilateral 4 (57%)
  Monolateral 3 (43%)
 Pleural effusion 31 (42%)
 Normal pattern 0 (0%)
(b) Echographic findings in the 37 patients without pneumonia (BPN−) and US−
Ultrasound findings BPN–(37)
 Alveolar consolidation 0 (0%)
 Interstitial pattern 10 (27%)
  Bilateral
  • 10 (100%)

  • 8 Pulmonary oedema

  • 2 Pulmonary fibrosis

  Monolateral 0 (0%)
 Pleural effusion 4 (11%)
 Normal pattern 27 (72%)
  • BPN, pneumonia; US, lung ultrasound.

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