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Role Of Point Of Care Ultrasound In The Diagnosis Of Retinal Detachment In The Emergency Department

Authors Lahham S, Ali Q, Palileo BM, Lee C, Fox JC

Received 27 July 2019

Accepted for publication 23 October 2019

Published 13 November 2019 Volume 2019:11 Pages 265—270


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Hans-Christoph Pape

Shadi Lahham,1 Qumber Ali,2 Bea Martina Palileo,3 Clifton Lee,3 John C Fox1

1University of California, Irvine, Department of Emergency Medicine, Orange, CA 92868, USA; 2Touro University, School of Medicine, Henderson, NV 89014, USA; 3University of California, Riverside, School of Medicine, Riverside, CA 92521, USA

Correspondence: Shadi Lahham
University of California, Irvine, Department of Emergency Medicine, 333 The City Boulevard West, Suite 640, Orange, CA 92868, USA
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Abstract: Ocular complaints represent up to 3% of all emergency department (ED) visits. These presentations can result in permanent vision loss if not promptly diagnosed and treated. Recently, point of care ultrasound (POCUS) has been investigated for the evaluation of ocular pathology in the ED. Multiple studies have investigated the role that ultrasound may play in the early diagnosis of these patients. Ocular ultrasound can be used to visualize the structures of the eye and evaluate for pathology such as retinal detachment, vitreous hemorrhage and vitreous detachment. This comprehensive review aims to present current evidence for the efficacy and reliability of ED ocular ultrasound use in the detection of retinal detachment and additional ocular pathologies.

Keywords: ocular ultrasound, retinal detachment, point of care ultrasound

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