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A handy point-of-care ultrasound
  1. Susan Uí Bhroin1,2,
  2. Ahmad Jamal1,
  3. Nicolas Lim3
  1. 1 Emergency Department, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, Ireland
  2. 2 Advanced Specialist Training in Emergency Medicine, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
  3. 3 Emergency Medicine, National Healthcare Group Woodlands Health Campus, Singapore
  1. Correspondence to Dr Susan Uí Bhroin, Emergency Department, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda A92 VW28, Ireland; susanpower{at}

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Clinical introduction

A 69-year-old woman attended the ED with pain and swelling of her right wrist. She presented 1 day after a coronary angiogram in which her right radial artery had been catheterised. Following the procedure, her wrist was sore but she was managing the pain at home until suddenly, while straining to pass a bowel motion, she felt a ‘pop’ and noticed immediate swelling and bruising of her hand (figure 1). She attended the ED where she underwent clinical examination …

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  • Contributors SUB took the photographs, wrote the article and liaised with the patient for consent. AJ assisted in the management of the patient, reviewed the article and provided guidance. NL assisted in the interpretation of thee ultrasound images and in choosing the best image to be submitted with the article.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.