Evaluation and monitoring of a child with hydrocarbon pneumonitis using point-of-care lung ultrasound in the pediatric emergency department

Michelle Vazquez, Audrey Z. Paul, Ee Tein Tay, James W. Tsung

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Abstract

A well-appearing 3-year-old boy presented to the pediatric emergency department 2 hours after a presumed hydrocarbon ingestion. He was referred to the emergency department by his pediatrician after consultation with the local poison control center after possibly ingesting ylang ylang (Cananga odorata) fragrance oil. The child was asymptomatic with a normal physical examination. Point-of-care lung ultrasound identified focal hydrocarbon pneumonitis in the right lung and demonstrated resolution of these findings. Utilization of point-of-care ultrasound resulted in a shorter emergency department length of stay and the avoidance of radiation exposure from serial chest X-rays.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)642-644
Number of pages3
JournalPediatric Emergency Care
Volume32
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • lung ultrasound, pneumonitis, hydrocarbon ingestion
  • Point-Of-Care ultrasound
  • toxicology
  • ultrasonography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Emergency Medicine

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