How to review a paediatric chest radiograph

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This review article focuses on the indications, contraindications, ideal locations of the tips of these tubes and catheters, as well as the consequences of malpositioning” Concepcion et al (2016).

Abstract:

Chest radiographs are very helpful tool not only in the evaluation of respiratory and/or cardiac pathologies, but also to help clinicians in the assessment of various tubes and catheters inserted in pediatric patients. This review article focuses on the indications, contraindications, ideal locations of the tips of these tubes and catheters, as well as the consequences of malpositioning. Clinical outcomes of pediatric patients can be affected by the placement of these medical devices. The radiologist therefore has a critical role in detecting and relaying such malpositioned devices for prompt revisions or removal.

Reference:

Concepcion, N.D., Laya, B.F. and Lee, E.Y. (2016) Current updates in catheters, tubes and drains in the pediatric chest: A practical evaluation approach. European Journal of Radiology. June 21st. [Epub ahead of print].

doi: 10.1016/j.ejrad.2016.06.015.

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