Supplementary Material for: A Simplified Approach to Extravascular Lung Water Assessment Using Point-of-Care Ultrasound in Patients with End-Stage Chronic Renal Failure Undergoing Hemodialysis
2017-12-07T15:28:28Z (GMT) by
<b><i>Background:</i></b> Fluid overload leading to pulmonary congestion is an important issue in patients undergoing hemodialysis. This study aimed to determine if a simplified method of extravascular lung water assessment using ultrasound provided clinically relevant information. <b><i>Methods:</i></b> This prospective study recruited 47 patients from a single hemodialysis center. Pulmonary ultrasound was performed before and after 2 hemodialysis sessions in 28 regions on the thorax. The B-line score was defined as the percentage regions where B-lines were present. <b><i>Results:</i></b> When B-lines were detected before hemodialysis, a significant relationship was found between fluid removal and the change in B-line score. Patients with a B-line score of ≥21.4% (4th quartile) after the second hemodialysis session were more likely to be hospitalized for pulmonary edema or acute coronary syndrome. <b><i>Conclusions:</i></b> A simplified pulmonary assessment using ultrasound provides relevant information about pulmonary congestion in hemodialysis patients and identifies patients at risk of hospitalization for heart-related problems.