Review article: Point-of-care ultrasound assessment of tropical infectious diseases-a review of applications and perspectives

Sabine Bélard, Francesca Tamarozzi, Amaya L. Bustinduy, Claudia Wallrauch, Martin P. Grobusch, Walter Kuhn, Enrico Brunetti, Elizabeth Joekes, Tom Heller

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Abstract

The development of good quality and affordable ultrasound machines has led to the establishment and implementation of numerous point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) protocols in various medical disciplines. POCUS for major infectious diseases endemic in tropical regions has received less attention, despite its likely even more pronounced benefit for populations with limited access to imaging infrastructure. Focused assessment with sonography for HIV-associated TB (FASH) and echinococcosis (FASE) are the only two POCUS protocols for tropical infectious diseases, which have been formally investigated and which have been implemented in routine patient care today. This review collates the available evidence for FASH and FASE, and discusses sonographic experiences reported for urinary and intestinal schistosomiasis, lymphatic filariasis, viral hemorrhagic fevers, amebic liver abscess, and visceral leishmaniasis. Potential POCUS protocols are suggested and technical as well as training aspects in the context of resourcelimited settings are reviewed. Using the focused approach for tropical infectious diseases will make ultrasound diagnosis available to patients who would otherwise have very limited or no access to medical imaging.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8-21
Number of pages14
JournalAmerican Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Volume94
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2016

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Point-of-Care Systems
Communicable Diseases
Echinococcosis
Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers
Schistosomiasis haematobia
Filarial Elephantiasis
Amoebic Liver Abscess
Schistosomiasis mansoni
Visceral Leishmaniasis
Diagnostic Imaging
Ultrasonography
Patient Care
HIV
Population

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Virology
  • Infectious Diseases

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Review article : Point-of-care ultrasound assessment of tropical infectious diseases-a review of applications and perspectives. / Bélard, Sabine; Tamarozzi, Francesca; Bustinduy, Amaya L.; Wallrauch, Claudia; Grobusch, Martin P.; Kuhn, Walter; Brunetti, Enrico; Joekes, Elizabeth; Heller, Tom.

In: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Vol. 94, No. 1, 01.2016, p. 8-21.

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Bélard, S, Tamarozzi, F, Bustinduy, AL, Wallrauch, C, Grobusch, MP, Kuhn, W, Brunetti, E, Joekes, E & Heller, T 2016, 'Review article: Point-of-care ultrasound assessment of tropical infectious diseases-a review of applications and perspectives', American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, vol. 94, no. 1, pp. 8-21. https://doi.org/10.4269/ajtmh.15-0421
Bélard, Sabine ; Tamarozzi, Francesca ; Bustinduy, Amaya L. ; Wallrauch, Claudia ; Grobusch, Martin P. ; Kuhn, Walter ; Brunetti, Enrico ; Joekes, Elizabeth ; Heller, Tom. / Review article : Point-of-care ultrasound assessment of tropical infectious diseases-a review of applications and perspectives. In: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 2016 ; Vol. 94, No. 1. pp. 8-21.
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