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Title: Importance of lung ultrasound follow-up in patients who had recovered from coronavirus disease 2019: Results from a prospective study
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Filiation: Servicio de Medicina Interna. Hospital Universitario de Fuenlabrada
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Mesh: COVID-19
Ultrasonography
Decs: Infecciones por Coronavirus
Ultrasonografía
Issue Date: 20-Jul-2021
Publisher: MDPI AG
Citation: J Clin Med.2021 Jul;(10)14:3196
Abstract: There is growing evidence regarding the imaging findings of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in lung ultrasounds, however, their role in predicting the prognosis has yet to be explored. Our objective was to assess the usefulness of lung ultrasound in the short-term follow-up (1 and 3 months) of patients with SARS-CoV-2 pneumonia, and to describe the progression of the most relevant lung ultrasound findings. We conducted a prospective, longitudinal and observational study performed in patients with confirmed COVID-19 who underwent a lung ultrasound examination during hospitalization and repeated it 1 and 3 months after hospital discharge. A total of 96 patients were enrolled. In the initial ultrasound, bilateral involvement was present in 100% of the patients with mild, moderate or severe ARDS. The most affected lung area was the posteroinferior (93.8%) followed by the lateral (88.7%). Subpleural consolidations were present in 68% of the patients and consolidations larger than 1 cm in 24%. One month after the initial study, only 20.8% had complete resolution on lung ultrasound. This percentage rose to 68.7% at 3 months. Residual lesions were observed in a significant percentage of patients who recovered from moderate or severe ARDS (32.4% and 61.5%, respectively). In conclusion, lung injury associated with COVID-19 might take time to resolve. The findings in this report support the use of lung ultrasound in the short-term follow-up of patients recovered from COVID-19, as a radiation-sparing, easy to use, novel care path worth exploring.
PMID: 34300362
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12530/54396
Rights: info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
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