Point-of-care ultrasound to assess volume status and pulmonary oedema in malaria patients.

01 Feb 2022
Pugliese CM, Adegbite BR, Edoa JR, Mombo-Ngoma G, Obone-Atome FA, Heuvelings CC, Bélard S, Kalkman LC, Leopold SJ, Hänscheid T, Adegnika AA, Huson MA, Grobusch MP
Fluid management is challenging in malaria patients given the risks associated with intravascular fluid depletion and iatrogenic fluid overload leading to pulmonary oedema. Given the limitations of the physical examination in guiding fluid therapy, we evaluated point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) of the inferior vena cava (IVC) and lungs as a novel tool to assess volume status and detect early oedema in malaria patients.