The value of chest ultrasound along with inflammatory biomarkers in the management of pneumonia in a non-compliant pregnant woman
Source: Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine, Volume 25, Number 9, September 2012 , pp. 1830-1832(3)
Publisher: Informa Healthcare
Abstract:During pregnancy, one of the possible complications is pneumonia. Early recognition as well as a timely and appropriate therapy is very important to prevent cardio-respiratory failure which may promote premature birth, low birth weight and miscarriage. In pregnancy, a chest X-ray is not contraindicated but may create a considerable state of maternal anxiety. We report a case of pneumonia in a pregnant woman managed with chest ultrasound and laboratory examinations because the patient refused a chest x-ray for fear of a possible fetal harm. This case is paradigmatic of an unusual but effective approach to pneumonia in pregnancy.
Document Type: Case report
Affiliations: 1: 1Division of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Cesare Magati Hospital, Scandiano, Reggio Emilia, Italy 2: 2Division of Internal Medicine, Cesare Magati Hospital, Scandiano, Reggio Emilia, Italy
Publication date: 2012-09-01