By Delia Gold on 05/11/20 05:00 AM
For peritonsillar abscesses, sometimes you need imaging to make the diagnosis clear. Many turn to CT, but ultrasound offers an appealing alternative. A transcervical approach can be used which is likely less uncomfortable than the intra-oral method. This study looks at the implementation of a transcervical ultrasound protocol in a pediatric emergency department to see if it helps this population. https://www.ultrasoundgel.org/91 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31713253
By Delia Gold, MD on 10/15/18 06:00 AM
The pediatric literature for point of care ultrasound seems to lag behind that of adults. However, it has made some incredible strides to show that this is a tool that is not be neglected in our younger patients. Although point of care ultrasound is used routinely in adults, it may not be as frequently employed in the pediatric emergency department. Clearly, there are differences in cardiac pathology encountered in pediatrics, but the ultrasound can still have great utility. The authors of this paper seek to increase the use of cardiac POCUS by collaborating with cardiologists to create a focused cardiac ultrasound protocol. They collect data to see what happened to POCUS use after they institute this protocol and to see how accurate these scans hold up in kids!
By Michael Prats, MD on 06/04/18 06:00 AM
Point of care ultrasound for appendicitis has a long and checkered past. It is well-established as first line in the pediatric population, but less accepted in adults. Some studies show that is great, other studies show that it is about as useful as an air conditioner in Antarctica. This article hits on the idea that perhaps we should risk stratify our patients and focus on ruling in the disease in those that are more likely to have it. Sound intriguing? Check it out.