Critical Care Ultrasonography and Acute Kidney Injury

  • R. Wiersema
  • J. Koeze
  • I. C. C. van der HorstEmail author
Part of the Annual Update in Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine book series (AUICEM)


Ultrasonography is an essential imaging modality in the intensive care unit (ICU) used for diagnosis and to guide treatment. Critical care ultrasonography is defined as focused echography since it informs specific clinical questions. The examination is performed at point of care and results are combined with clinical and laboratory data. Recently, Narasimhan et al., have suggested that critical care ultrasonography should shift towards a whole‐body approach, rather than taking a single‐organ approach [1]. Other studies have proposed that a whole‐body ultrasonography approach may have benefits in terms of diagnosis, may lead to decreased use of other diagnostic tests and may also decrease costs. Acute kidney injury (AKI) is one of the current challenges in critical care [2] and literature on the role of ultrasound in understanding and diagnosing AKI is scarce. Many overviews on ultrasonography in critical and emergency care have focused on cardiopulmonary evaluations...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Wiersema
    • 1
  • J. Koeze
    • 1
  • I. C. C. van der Horst
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Critical Care, University Medical CenterUniversity of GroningenGroningenNetherlands

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