LUS for lung congestion diagnosis has low predictive power (low sensitivity and specificity), with information that does not discriminate between different conditions: it can be unreliable if not used jointly with thorough clinical assessment. The increase in lung ‘‘weight’’ can be due to ‘‘interstitial congestion’’ and not to lung consolidation (atelectasis with pneumonitis, pleural effusion, hemorrhages, and other conditions). We still need more reliable noninvasive tools for assessing lung water content and its changes.

Is it time to measure lung water by ultrasound?

TROVATO, Guglielmo;CATALANO, Daniela;
2013

Abstract

LUS for lung congestion diagnosis has low predictive power (low sensitivity and specificity), with information that does not discriminate between different conditions: it can be unreliable if not used jointly with thorough clinical assessment. The increase in lung ‘‘weight’’ can be due to ‘‘interstitial congestion’’ and not to lung consolidation (atelectasis with pneumonitis, pleural effusion, hemorrhages, and other conditions). We still need more reliable noninvasive tools for assessing lung water content and its changes.
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