Transthoracic lung ultrasonography in pulmonary alveolar proteinosis – case report

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Maria Porzezińska
Natalia Buda
Magdalena Osowicka
Wojciech Kosiak
Robert Rzepko
Elżbieta Radzikowska
Jan Marek Słomiński
Ewa Jassem

Keywords

Pulmonary alveolar proteinosis, Lung ultrasonography, Monitoring

Abstract

A pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (PAP) is a rare disease characterized by an accumulation of surfactant components in lung alveoli. In diagnosis and monitoring of the disease high resolution computed tomography (HRCT) is usually used. Unfortunately, repeated exposure to CT scanning may be associated with an increased risk of radiation.

We present a patient in whom repeated transthoracic lung ultrasonography (TLUS) brought parallel to HRCT data in assessing PAP extent. It may indicate that TLUS might be potentially a relevant tool in monitoring of PAP.

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