USE OF ULTRASONOGRAPHY FOR DIFFERENTIATION BETWEEN BULLAE AND PNEUMOTHORAX

Dr. Abdul Gaffoor. J, Dr. Arekal Jyothsna, Dr. Edwin Moses

Abstract


Purpose Lung ultrasound (US) is applied in emergency medicine, critical care, and trauma surgery, and also in pulmonary and internal medicine. In some cases, pneumothorax (PTX) distinguishes with bullous diseases. In this s­tudy, we aimed to discuss the success of US in detecting PTX versus bullae.

 

Methods Prospective blinded study was performed. US is done from anterior and lateral wall in all patients.

 

Results Study population included 50 patients. The sensitivity for the presence of the pleural sliding in the diagnosis of bullae was 95.80%, and the specificity was 100.0%.

 

Conclusion Direct visualisation of ultrasonographic pleural sliding can be a good tool for differentiating bullae and pneumothorax.


Keywords


ULTRASONOGRAPHY, BULLAE, PNEUMOTHORAX(PTX)

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