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Lung ultrasound shows promise in COVID-19 management
9/14/2020

A case report in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene describes a 66-year-old woman with COVID-19 who had her cumulative lung ultrasound score rise from 12 to 17 after undergoing mechanical ventilation, but the score dropped to 14 after an invasive recruitment maneuver enabled improved dorsal area aeration, while a 60-year-old man with COVID-19 whose LUS dropped from 11 to 9 after mechanical ventilation wasn't given recruitment maneuvers and had improved oxygenation and pulmonary system compliance after being placed in a prone position. "These two cases illustrate how LUS could be useful in identifying different lung morphologies early after the start of invasive ventilation and help decide on adjunctive therapies," researchers wrote.

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