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Lung ultrasound quickly spots acute respiratory failure

April 28, 2008 Lung ultrasound quickly spots acute respiratory failure Wendy Despain -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Specific lung ultrasound signs reliably indicate common causes of acute respiratory failure and rapidly differentiate it from similar diseases. More than 90% of patients admitted to university teaching hospital intensive care units with trouble breathing could have been easily diagnosed with lung ultrasound. Drs. Daniel A. Lichtenstein and Gilbert A. Mezière at the Ambroise-Paré hospital in Paris studied 260 consecutive patients with respiratory failure admitted to the ICU of several teaching hospitals. Patients received lung ultrasound exams on presentation, and these results were compared with final diagnosis by the ICU team.

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