The V-line: a sonographic aid for the confirmation of pleural fluid
- Paul AtkinsonAffiliated withDalhousie Medicine New BrunswickDepartment of Emergency Medicine, Dalhousie University, Saint John Regional Hospital Email author
- , James MilneAffiliated withDalhousie Medicine New Brunswick
- , Osama LoubaniAffiliated withDepartment of Emergency Medicine, Dalhousie University
- , Glenn VerheulAffiliated withDepartment of Emergency Medicine, Dalhousie University, Saint John Regional Hospital
Ultrasound is being used increasingly to diagnose pathological free fluid accumulation at the bedside. In addition to the detection of peritoneal and pericardial fluid, point-of-care ultrasound allows rapid bedside diagnosis of pleural fluid.
In this short report, we describe the sonographic observation of the vertebral or ‘V-line’ to help confirm the presence of pleural fluid in the supine patient. The V-line sign is a result of the fluid acting as an acoustic window to enable visualization of vertebral bodies and posterior thoracic wall, thus confirming the presence of pleural fluid.
The V-line is a useful sonographic sign to aid the diagnosis of pleural free fluid.
- The V-line: a sonographic aid for the confirmation of pleural fluid
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Critical Ultrasound Journal
- Online Date
- August 2012
- Online ISSN
- Springer Milan
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- Author Affiliations
- 1. Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick, 100 Tucker Park Road, Saint John, NB, E2L 4L5, Canada
- 2. Department of Emergency Medicine, Dalhousie University, Saint John Regional Hospital, 400 University Ave., Saint John, NB, E2L 4L2, Canada
- 3. Department of Emergency Medicine, Dalhousie University, Halifax Infirmary Suite 355-1796 Summer St., Halifax, NS, B3H 3A7, Canada