Interstitial syndrome-lung ultrasound B lines: a potential marker for pulmonary metastases? A case series

  • Maria Viviana Carlino Emergency Department, C.T.O., Naples, Italy.
  • Costantino Mancusi | costantino.mancusi@unina.it Hypertension Research Center, Department of Translational Medical Sciences & Department of Advanced Medical Biosciences, Federico II University Hospital, Naples, Italy.
  • Giovanni de Simone Hypertension Research Center, Department of Translational Medical Sciences & Department of Advanced Medical Biosciences, Federico II University Hospital, Naples, Italy.
  • Filomena Liccardi Emergency Department, Cardarelli Hospital, Naples, Italy.
  • Mario Guarino Emergency Department, C.T.O., Naples, Italy.
  • Fiorella Paladino Emergency Department, Cardarelli Hospital, Naples, Italy.
  • Alfonso Sforza Emergency Department, C.T.O., Naples; Emergency Department, Cardarelli Hospital, Naples, Italy.

Abstract

Four patients presented to the Emergency Department with dyspnea and they underwent point-of-care ultrasound. Lung ultrasound showed a diffuse bilateral B-profile pattern-interstitial syndrome, they underwent contrast-enhanced computed tomography scan of thorax that showed multiple bilateral lung metastases. The detection, in a dyspneic patient, of a diffuse Bprofile pattern not attributable to traditional interstitial syndrome conditions (pulmonary fibrosis, acute respiratory distress syndrome, acute pulmonary edema, interstitial pneumonia) could be indicative of multiple pulmonary metastases.

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Published
2018-09-10
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Keywords:
Dyspnea, cancer, Emergency Department, point-of-care ultrasound, pocket ultrasound device.
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Carlino, M. V., Mancusi, C., de Simone, G., Liccardi, F., Guarino, M., Paladino, F., & Sforza, A. (2018). Interstitial syndrome-lung ultrasound B lines: a potential marker for pulmonary metastases? A case series. Italian Journal of Medicine, 12(3), 223-226. https://doi.org/10.4081/itjm.2018.1009