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Common Bile Duct Measurements: Not very useful for emergency physicians

January 29, 2015 1 Comment
Common Bile Duct Measurements: Not very useful for emergency physicians

Editors note: Lloyd has provided several great biliary scans to the blog and in his previous CBD related post talked about how an incidental finding of dilated CBD helped guide him towards diagnosing a patient with pancreatic cancer.  While all of us at the EDE blog are POCUS enthusiasts, we must acknowledge that there is […]

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Ultrasound beats Xray for skull fracture

January 21, 2015 0 Comments
Ultrasound beats Xray for skull fracture

This asymptomatic 7 month old had fallen on New Year’s and the parents noted a dent in the head. There did seem to be a contusion in the left fronto-parietal area with maybe an associated “dent”. The child was normally squirmy (and very happy) so the area of interest would swim in and out of […]

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Dr Richard with a pneumonia that just won’t go away!

January 13, 2015 1 Comment
Dr Richard with a pneumonia that just won’t go away!

Thoracic EDE is one of the hot topics in the POCUS world. This is Ben Ho’s chapter at EDE 2. Joel Turner (@JTMcGillEM) has presented some newer aspects at EDE 3. Here is a case from Dr Bernard Richard in Valleyfield that illustrates its utility. Incidentally , Bernard will be making his debut as an […]

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Beats doing a rectal exam

December 29, 2014 0 Comments
Beats doing a rectal exam

              I was looking at a patient’s kidney. There was clear hydronephrosis and proximal hydroureter. The picture I included isn’t that great because I was trying to get a good picture of the proximal ureteric stone (~ 7 mm on KUB). I was looking at the bladder for a […]

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Necrotizing Fasciitis: Let’s scare you into using POCUS shall we?

December 13, 2014 0 Comments
Necrotizing Fasciitis:  Let’s scare you into using POCUS shall we?

  Warning: Scary article ahead. Point-of-Care Ultrasound Diagnosis of Necrotizing Fasciitis Missed By Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging It’s one of those diagnoses that scares us.  Hard to figure out clinically in many cases at initial presentation.  Adjunctive tests can be false negative.  How can we increase our sensitivity?  Use your POCUS skills of […]

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Ectopic & Left FAST

December 8, 2014 0 Comments
Ectopic & Left FAST

This patient who was known to be pregnant came in quite shocky. POCUS showed blood around the spleen only, none in Morison’s Pouch or in the pelvis. A bit weird? Maybe because the ectopic was in the left tube? The patient went right to the OR without any further imaging and did well. [Editor’s note: […]

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Sternal Fracture

December 1, 2014 0 Comments
Sternal Fracture

This fellow had an airbag/steering wheel injury. His sternum was tender over the fracture seen on POCUS. These are amazingly easy to find. Using a linear probe in the longitudinal plane, slide it cephalad and caudad along the sternum. I doubt this would have been seen on X-ray, the displacement is around 1 mm. [Editor’s […]

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Scaphoid Fracture

November 24, 2014 0 Comments
Scaphoid Fracture

This is from EDE2. You use the linear probe and slide up the lateral radius up to the snuff box looking for a sort of saddle back mountain shape (on the normal side). You can see the fracture discontinuity on the injured side. [Editor’s note: POCUS is good to rule in a scaphoid fracture. But […]

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Common Bile Duct: How useful is it for us to image?

November 17, 2014 0 Comments
Common Bile Duct: How useful is it for us to image?

      This patient initially gave a history of two months of upper abdominal pain. I was looking at his GB, which seemed normal when I came upon this tubular structure with no flow on Doppler. It certainly looked to be a (very dilated) CBD. Once I saw it, it was natural to ask […]

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Localized PCE

November 3, 2014 2 Comments
Localized PCE

I tend to think of pericardial effusions (PCE) as being very uniform around the heart. This one was very localized to the area noted on the image. The CT Abd. (I didn’t order it!) showed the same PCE. The history was severe diarrhea and weakness. I was a bit worried about the dilated right ventricle […]

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