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Focused Cardiac Ultrasound in Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension

Noorbakhsh, Kathleen A., MD; Bell-Cheddar, Yolandee R., MD, MSc; Marin, Jennifer R., MD, MSc

Section Editor(s): Deanehan, J. Kate MD, RDMS; Associate Editor

doi: 10.1097/PEC.0000000000001700
Ultrasound Case Review

We present 2 cases of pediatric pulmonary hypertension presenting with respiratory distress. Focused cardiac ultrasound revealed findings consistent with right ventricular dilatation and elevated right ventricular pressure. These findings, in conjunction with the clinical presentation, allowed for early identification and rapid evaluation of a pathologic process that can often go unidentified. In this report, we review the relevant aspects of focused cardiac ultrasound in the setting of pulmonary hypertension.

From the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Pittsburgh, PA.

Reprints: Kathleen A. Noorbakhsh, MD, 4401 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206 (e-mail:

Disclosure: The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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