[German recommendations on lung and thoracic ultrasonography in patients with COVID-19]./ Empfehlungen zur Lungen- und Thoraxsonographie bei Patienten mit COVID-19-Erkrankung
Med Klin Intensivmed Notfmed
Lung and chest ultrasound are further examination modalities in addition to computed tomography and laboratory diagnostics in patients with COVID-19. It extends the clinical-physical examination because it can examine lung surface sensitively. Lung surface pattern changes have been found in sonograms of patients with COVID-19 pneumonia and during the course of the disease. German specialist societies of clinical acute, emergency and intensive care medicine as well as imaging, which are concerned with the care of patients with SARS-CoV2 infection and COVID-19, have coordinated recommendations for lung and thorax sonography. This document has been created within a transparent process, led by the German Society of Interdisciplinary Emergency and Acute Medicine e.â¯V. (DGINA), and worked out by an expert panel and delegates from the societies. Sources of the first 200 cases were summarized. Typical thorax sonographic findings are presented. International sources or standards that were available in PubMed until May 24, 2020 were included. Using case studies and multimedia content, the document is intended to not only support users but also demonstrate quality features and the potential of chest and lung sonography. The German Society for Ultrasound in Medicine (DEGUM) is carrying out a multicenter study (study coordination at the TU Munich).