POCUS IOTW: New Onset Pulmonary Hypertension

Posted on: February 27, 2018, by :
This is a 17 yo F who presented with fever, chest pain and weakness x 3 days. She was found to be tachycardic with poor peripheral perfusion. Her CXR was concerning for bibasilar atelectasis. Her bedside echo seen below was concerning for elevated RV pressures. The first image is an Apical 4 chamber view with slight bowing of the septum from the RV into the LV. The second image is a parasternal short axis view concerning for a D sign, where the elevated RV pressure causes flattening of the septum. The third image shows a dilated IVC.
Ultimately she was diagnosed with new onset pulmonary hypertension with presumed infective endocarditis.

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Joanna Cohen

Pediatric Emergency Medicine Attending/Director of Pediatric Ultrasound at Children's National Health System
Joanna is originally from NY where she attended medical school at Downstate in Brooklyn. She completed her pediatric residency at Johns Hopkins and made her way south to DC for PEM and ultrasound fellowships. She has remained in DC, making her home in Capitol Hill since 2005. She stays busy mostly attending youth soccer games with her three kids and running.
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