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Vol. 47. Issue 5.
Pages 307-308 (May 2023)
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Vol. 47. Issue 5.
Pages 307-308 (May 2023)
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Hydropneumothorax diagnosed by lung ultrasound in a COVID-19 patient
Diagnóstico de hidroneumotórax por ecografía pulmonar en un paciente con la COVID-19
P. Blancoa,b,
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, L. Figueroaa,b, M.F. Menéndeza
a High-dependency Unit/Critical Care COVID-19 Unit (UCIM), Hospital “Dr. Emilio Ferreyra”, Necochea, Argentina
b Department of Teaching and Research, Hospital “Dr. Emilio Ferreyra”, Necochea, Argentina
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Among the several signs of pneumothorax on lung ultrasound (LUS), a definite one is the presence of the lung point, which is observed as the contact between the sliding and non-sliding lung (Video 1). There is also an unusual sign of pneumothorax, which is called the “hydro-point”, as depicted in a 70-year-old male patient with COVID-19 pneumonia. Here, the air in the pleura (pneumothorax, arrows) contacts intermittently with the pleural fluid (pleural effusion, asterisks) within the respiratory cycles (Fig. 1a; L: lung consolidation and Video 2). Chest X-ray showed a similar picture (Fig. 1b). The hydro-point defines the presence of hydropneumothorax and is best assessed with a convex or phased-array probe in basal lateral or posterolateral views of the thorax. Intensivists should be aware of this sign to aid in diagnosis of pneumothorax in the presence of pleural effusion.

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