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Point-of-care Ultrasound in a Resource-Limited Setting: Diagnosing Intussusception

      Abstract

      Background

      Department of Radiology performed ultrasound for patients suspected of having intussusception in resource-limited settings might be either unavailable or significantly time delayed.

      Objective

      Our objective was to present a case of intussusception successfully diagnosed by point-of-care ultrasound and to review the sonographic appearance and diagnostic criteria for intussusception.

      Case Report

      An emergency physician utilized point-of-care ultrasound to diagnose intussusception in a young patient in Haiti.

      Conclusions

      In resource-limited settings, point-of-care ultrasound performed by a physician trained to diagnose intussusception can reduce the time to definitive management and thereby potentially reduce complications such as bowel ischemia and necrosis, dehydration, and sepsis.

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