The Role of B-Line Artifacts on Lung Ultrasound in Critically Ill Patients
1Department of Anesthesiology, Reanimatology, Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Rijeka, Croatia
2Department of Anesthesiology, Reanimatology and Intensive Care Medicine, Cantonal Hospital Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
3Department of Clinical Medical Science II, Faculty of Health Studies, University of Rijeka, Croatia
DOI: 10.22514/sv.2020.16.0041 Vol.16,Issue 2,October 2020 pp.1-7
Published: 28 October 2020
Lung ultrasound (LUS) is becoming a valuable tool in assessing patients in the ER, ICU, and on the hospital wards because it is a simple, fast and harmless technique. One of the most distinct artefacts seen with LUS are B-lines, hyperechoic laser-like lines that form in the presence of thickened interlobular septa due to alveo-interstitial syndrome. Many researches have been conducted recently with a goal of correlating B-lines to specific known parameters such as EVLW, PAOP, lung density, and parameters of cardiac failure, either in quantitative or semiquantitative manner. This paper is a short overview of the present known correlations, shortcomings of conducted investigations and differential diagnosis problems and exceptions of B-line artefacts in everyday clinical practice.
Point-of-care-ultrasound (POCUS), Lung ultrasound, B-lines
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