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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 117-123

The neonatal lung ultrasound – What should i know as a neonatologist?

Department of Neonatology, Manipal Hospital, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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A Venkatesh Harohalli
Manipal Hospital, Bengaluru, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/jcn.jcn_144_21

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The point-of-care lung ultrasound has been used in the care of sick neonates. With the nonionizing radiation property, portability, repeatability, and quick availability, the ultrasound has taken a big role in the management of neonates with respiratory diseases. The clinician taking care of the sick neonate should be well experienced in performing the ultrasound of the lung. The pleura is the main source of information about lung pathology under ultrasound. This guides the ultrasound in making the diagnosis. The utility of ultrasound in neonatal intensive care includes the common pathological conditions of the lung–respiratory distress syndrome, transient tachypnea of newborn, meconium aspiration syndrome, pneumonia pleural effusion, and emergency conditions such as pneumothorax. The knowledge about the normal lung ultrasound, the lung pathology, and its correlation with the lung ultrasound is essential in making the diagnosis. The review article is focused to answer all the aforementioned.

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