Triple POCUS: A New Approach to an Old Problem

  • Rafael Silva Internal Medicine, Centro Hospitalar de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal
  • Diana Gonçalves Internal Medicine, Centro Hospitalar de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal
  • João Pina Cabral Internal Medicine, Centro Hospitalar de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal
  • Bráulio Gomes Internal Medicine, Centro Hospitalar de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal
  • Jorge Teixeira Emergency Department, Hospital de Braga, Braga, Portugal
  • José António Mariz Emergency Department, Hospital of Braga/Medical School of University of Minho, Braga, Portugal

Keywords

Point-of-care ultrasonography, pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, triple POCUS

Abstract

Pulmonary embolism (PE) is the most serious and life-threatening clinical presentation of venous thromboembolism, and difficult to diagnose. Triple point-of-care-ultrasonography (POCUS) of the lung, heart and leg veins is a multiorgan approach that may help to evaluate patients suspected of having PE, in combination with existing protocols and computed tomographic pulmonary angiography (CTPA). We present the case of a 26-year-old man with sudden onset of dyspnoea and swelling of the leg with a Well’s score of 9. With CTPA unavailable at the time of presentation, triple POCUS showed subpleural consolidations and a venous thrombus in a popliteal vein. A diagnosis of deep vein thrombosis with PE was made and the appropriate treatment was started immediately. Although triple POCUS has less sensitivity and specificity than CTPA, it could be very useful in some clinical settings.

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  • Published: 2018-08-28

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    How to cite:
    Silva, R., Gonçalves, D., Cabral, J., Gomes, B., Teixeira, J., & Mariz, J. (2018). Triple POCUS: A New Approach to an Old Problem. European Journal of Case Reports in Internal Medicine, 2. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.12890/2018_000938