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Infez Med ; 28(3): 346-350, 2020 Sep 01.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-757686


Ultra-High-Resolution Computed Tomography (U-HR-CT) is the reference imaging technique for pneumonia in the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Pulmonary Ultrasound (LUS) could be a valid diagnostic alternative for the imaging of COVID-19. Our study aimed to investigate the clinical performance of LUS in the initial evaluation of pneumonia in COVID-19 patients, compared to standard U-HR-CT. Among 29 patients with confirmed COVID-19, all U-HR-CT hallmarks showed an excellent concordance with LUS findings according to Cohen coefficient. In our experience, LUS is a viable alternative to U-HR-CT, with the advantages of being radiation-free, flexible, cost-effective, and reasonably reducing nosocomial transmission risks because performed at bed-side.

Betacoronavirus , Coronavirus Infections/diagnostic imaging , Lung/diagnostic imaging , Pneumonia, Viral/diagnostic imaging , Ultrasonography/methods , Adult , Aged , COVID-19 , Female , Humans , Italy , Male , Middle Aged , Pandemics , Prospective Studies , Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction , SARS-CoV-2 , Tomography, X-Ray Computed/methods
Le infezioni in medicina ; 28(suppl 1):84-88, 2020.
Article | WHO COVID | ID: covidwho-599170


Clinical presentation of COVID-19 is common to other respiratory infections. We compared the characteristics at hospital admission of confirmed and not-confirmed COVID-19 patients, in the early phase of the epidemic. Thirty-seven suspected patients were enrolled, and COVID-19 was confirmed in 17. Confirmed patients are older, have more frequently contact with confirmed cases. Distinctive clinical characteristics among COVID-19 were the grand-glass opacities at CT scan, and a pO2/FiO2 ratio less than 250. In not-confirmed group, Influenza represented the most frequent alternative diagnosis. This study contributes to highlight the characteristics to consider at hospital admission in order to promptly suspect COVID-19.