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Pediatric Asthma

What do lung findings mean?

By Michael Prats, MD on 12/04/17 04:00 AM

I know what you're thinking...lung ultrasound in asthma?! - they should have a totally normal lung ultrasound, right? Traditionally, harkening back to the BLUE protocol - diseases such as asthma and COPD were diagnosed on ultrasound once every other cause of respiratory symptoms had been excluded and the patient had no other lung findings or DVT. With this background, this study wanted to evaluate pediatric patients in asthma exacerbation to see what lung ultrasound findings might be present, and when they were - what that meant for the patient.