Perioperative point of care ultrasound in pediatric anesthesiology: a case series highlighting real-time intraoperative diagnosis and alteration of management augmenting physical examination.


Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, Texas Children's Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA. [Email]


Use of diagnostic point of care ultrasound, has come to the forefront of interest within anesthesiology. Much data on the use of point of care ultrasound in emergency medicine and critical care medicine for diagnosis and treatment in acute situations exists. While use of point of care ultrasound has become more prevalent in anesthesia practice, documentation of its use and especially alteration in management based on real-time ultrasound findings in the perioperative period remains scarce. This case series discusses six pediatric patients in which real-time intra-operative use of point of care ultrasound resulted in alteration of management.


Cardiac,Pediatric,Perioperative,Point of care ultrasound,Transthoracic,Ultrasound,