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CASE: 24yoF presents with abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, constipation x4 days. She has a history of SLE.

Based on the following video, please answer these questions:

Q1: Describe the renal findings on ultrasound.
Q2: What is up with her LUQ view?
Q3: What is the anechoic material on her abdominal views?
Q4: Describe her bowels on ultrasound. What does this signify?

Case is courtesy of Dr. Julia West and Dr. Iman Tamimi (MUSC Emergency Medicine).

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[For more “answers” see the video below]

Q1: Describe the renal findings on ultrasound.

=> Normal pyramids with preserved vascular flow; moderate hydronephrosis.

Q2: What is up with her LUQ view?

=> Large L pleural effusion; the round anechoic structure is her stomach—patient had just drank a large glass of water prior to imaging.

Q3: What is the anechoic material on her abdominal views?

=> Free fluid; given her stable hemodynamics, most likely ascites rather than hemorrhage.

Q4: Describe her bowels on ultrasound. What does this signify?

=> Her bowels are dilated, with thickened walls, and surrounded by free fluid, consistent with serositis versus enterocolitis.


Click here to read more about GI manifestations of SLE.


Case is courtesy of Dr. Julia West and Dr. Iman Tamimi (MUSC Emergency Medicine).


This website, which will provide the foundation for a basic understanding of Emergency Ultrasound (EUS), is also an enormous work-in-progress. The key to proficiency in, and eventual mastery of, Emergency Ultrasound is practice. Following every lecture, every tutorial, every case discussion, apply your skill-set in the ED. Scan every sore abdomen, every pregnancy with cramping, every shortness of breath or chest pain. Developing a sense of "normal" allows for quick identification of what is "abnormal".

I hope you enjoy the site.....and I welcome any and all feedback!

Geoff Hayden, MD, RDMS
Director of Emergency Ultrasound
Division of Emergency Medicine
Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)
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    I am an Emergency Medicine attending at an academic medical center in Charleston, SC (MUSC). I completed an ultrasound fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania under Dr. Anthony Dean. My career path has led me through both private practice and academic practice. I sincerely believe in the clinical utility and improved patient care offered by emergency ultrasound, whether it be in a private ED or an academic setting.
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    YES. If you subscribe (click here to subscribe), I do send emails of interesting cases with videos/images. Pretty educational. Website updates and such.
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    Absolutely. I really dislike paying for things. And I hate to think that some information meets a dead-end because you have to sign up and/or pay for it. So this site is entirely free. Free for you, free of advertising. Down side is that it is an amateur web-site at best. I can vouch for the information/content, but the rest is subject to my meager skills at website development.
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    Anyone in the health care profession with an interest in ultrasound. Of course, the majority of the content is geared towards EM residents and attendings, but I plan to create more lectures in for PAs, NPs, nurses, and paramedics.
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    Feel free to click on the "Contact Me" link below and email me directly. I usually will respond within 48-72 hours.
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    I plan to create a more extensive video and image database that can be quickly searched and organized. I'd also like to offer an "upload" functionality to allow users to submit their own interesting cases. As for the "Case of the Week", I will eventually create an extensive archive to view dozens to hundreds of past cases. Always open to suggestions.

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