UMEM Educational Pearls


30 year-old presents with cough & fever. CXR shows mild right lower lobe pneumonia. The lung ultrasound of the right lower lobe is shown below. What's the diagnosis? 


Answer: Pulmonary abscess

  • Patient initially denied IV drugs of abuse, but later disclosed use when this was found
  • Chest CT demonstrated several pulmonary abscesses and the patient was admitted for a workup of endocarditis 

Bottom-line: Not only is ultrasound faster than a CXR in diagnosing pneumonia, unexpected diagnoses may be found that change management


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