A case of pulmonary edema: The critical role of lung-heart integrated ultrasound examination

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Alfonso Sforza *
Maria Viviana Carlino
Mario Guarino
Salvatore Russo
Giovanni Albano
Fiorella Paladino
Costantino Mancusi
(*) Corresponding Author:
Alfonso Sforza | alfosfo@hotmail.it

Abstract

Cardiogenic pulmonary edema is a common presentation of acute heart failure normally treated with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), diuretics and nitrates. This therapy is contraindicated in case of cardiac tamponade. We describe a case of pulmonary edema due to cardiac tamponade in which integrated lung-heart ultrasound examination allowed prompt diagnosis and pericardiocentesis before administration of CPAP thus avoiding circulatory collapse.


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