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West J Emerg Med ; 23(4): 497-504, 2022 Jun 05.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-20242018


Point-of-care lung ultrasonography is an evidence-based application that may play a vital role in the care of critically ill pediatric patients. Lung ultrasonography has the advantage of being available at the patient's bedside with results superior to chest radiography and comparable to chest computed tomography for most lung pathologies. It has a steep learning curve. It can be readily performed in both advanced healthcare systems and resource-scarce settings. The purpose of this review is to discuss the basic principles of lung ultrasonography and its applications in the evaluation and treatment of critically ill pediatric patients.

Critical Illness , Point-of-Care Systems , Child , Humans , Lung/diagnostic imaging , Tomography, X-Ray Computed , Ultrasonography/methods
European Journal of Medical Case Reports ; 5(3):101-104, 2021.
Article in English | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-1237057


Background: Combined autoimmune neutropenia (AIN) and immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) is a rare disease that can present as extremely low neutrophil count and platelet count, respectively [1]. Case Presentation: We describe the first case, to the authors' knowledge, of the novel SARS CoV-2 infection and combined AIN and ITP in a healthy 27-year-old male. Conclusion: Viruses have been known to trigger autoimmune diseases in people with genetic predisposition. We speculate that the patient's selective IgM deficiency predisposed him to have autoimmune cytopenia, and SARS-COV-2 triggered him to acquire combined AIN and ITP. Our hypothesis is supported by a lack of evidence of malignancy, a normal morphology on the smear, and an immediate response to IVIG infusion with significant improvement in platelet and neutrophilic count.