CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Geburtshilfe Frauenheilkd 2020; 80(10): 1026-1032
DOI: 10.1055/a-1228-4242
GebFra Science
Review/Übersicht

Lung Sonography in Obstetrics during COVID-19

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Florian Recker
1  Zentrum für Frauenheilkunde und Geburtshilfe, Universitätsklinikum Bonn, Bonn
,
Eva Weber
2  Abteilung für Geburtshilfe und Pränatale Medizin, Universitätsklinikum Bonn, Bonn, Germany
,
Brigitte Strizek
2  Abteilung für Geburtshilfe und Pränatale Medizin, Universitätsklinikum Bonn, Bonn, Germany
,
Ulrich Gembruch
2  Abteilung für Geburtshilfe und Pränatale Medizin, Universitätsklinikum Bonn, Bonn, Germany
,
Armin Seibel
3  Abteilung für Anästhesiologie, Intensiv- und Notfallmedizin, Diakonie Klinikum Jung-Stilling, Siegen, Germany
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Abstract

In the current coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, certain patients are becoming seriously ill. Lung pathologies are common, and some patients even go on to develop acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), which requires intubation and artificial respiration of the critically ill patient. Imaging of the lung is absolutely necessary to obtain a diagnosis, assess the course of disease and for treatment. Particularly in gynecology and obstetrics (OBGYN), ultrasound scans of the lung can be a useful additional tool when caring for pregnant patients in the delivery room. As obstetricians use ultrasound imaging a lot in routine clinical practice, in the current pandemic setting, routine prenatal imaging screening could be expanded by the addition of ultrasound scans of the lung. Lung sonography can offer important additional information, particularly in obstetrics where the indications for radiation-emitting imaging are particularly restrictive. If there is a sonographic suspicion of lung involvement, then, depending on the symptoms and the morphological extent of the ultrasound findings, it may be necessary to consider admitting the patient to hospital for close fetal and maternal monitoring.



Publication History

Received: 19 June 2020

Accepted after revision: 26 July 2020

Publication Date:
25 September 2020 (online)

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