Utility of point-of-care ultrasound in patients with suspected diverticulitis in the emergency department

Hamid Shokoohi, Sigrid Nasser, Matthew Pyle, James P. Earls, Andrew Liteplo, Keith Boniface

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Abstract

In emergency department (ED) cases with clinically suspected diverticulitis, diagnostic imaging is often needed for diagnostic confirmation, to exclude complications, and to direct patient management. Patients typically undergo a CT scan in the ED; however, in a subset of cases with suspected diverticulitis, point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) may provide sufficient data to confirm the diagnosis and ascertain a safe plan for outpatient management.We review the main sonographic features of diverticulitis and discuss the diagnostic accuracy and potential benefits of a POCUS First model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)337-342
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Clinical Ultrasound
Volume48
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2020

Keywords

  • bowel
  • diverticulitis
  • emergency department
  • gastrointestinal system
  • point-of-care ultrasound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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