Last updated on June 2019

Pulmonary Ultrasound in the Diagnosis of Acute Thoracic Syndrome in Vaso-occlusive Sickle Cell Crisis


Brief description of study

ATS (acute thoracic syndrome) refers to acute pulmonary involvement in a sickle cell patient. The diagnosis is based on the association of clinical signs (fever or respiratory symptoms) with a recent pulmonary infiltrate on the chest x-ray.

The main objective of the study is to evaluate the place of the pulmonary ultrasound for the diagnosis of ATS, in comparison with frontal chest x-ray.

Detailed Study Description

The ATS occurs in half of the cases during hospitalization for a VOC (Vaso Occlusive crisis). The morbidity of ATS is important (respiratory insufficiency, duration of hospitalization, stays in intensive care, brain complications, pain, hypoxia, long-term sequelae, etc.) but no study has shown the benefits of curative treatments such as transfusion ( recommended at the time of diagnosis and practiced by some teams) or noninvasive ventilation (practiced by other teams). The first step before studying curative treatments is to have tools for early detection of ATS. Recent studies show non-inferiority of pulmonary ultrasonography compared to radiography and thoracic computed tomography in the diagnosis of pulmonary condensation (in adults and children). In a study performed in sickle cell adults admitted for ATS, pulmonary ultrasound was more sensitive than X-ray in detecting images of pulmonary consolidations visible on the chest CT scan.

Daswani et al have also shown the value of pulmonary ultrasound in comparison with radiography in the detection of consolidation lesions, suggestive of STA, in febrile children or young adults with sickle cell disease. They showed a good sensitivity (87%) and specificity (94%) of the pulmonary ultrasound.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03971136

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