Lung Ultrasound in Children with COVID-19: Preliminary Findings

Anna Maria Musolino, Maria Chiara Supino, Danilo Buonsenso, Valentina Ferro, Piero Valentini, Andrea Magistrelli, Mary Haywood Lombardi, Lorenza Romani, Patrizia D'Argenio, Andrea Campana

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Recent evidence indicates the usefulness of lung ultrasound (LUS) in detecting coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) pneumonia. However, no data are available on the use of LUS in children with COVID-19 pneumonia. In this report, we describe LUS features of 10 consecutively admitted children with COVID-19 in two tertiary-level pediatric hospitals in Rome. LUS revealed signs of lung involvement during COVID-19 infection. In particular, vertical artifacts (70%), pleural irregularities (60%), areas of white lung (10%) and subpleural consolidations (10%) were the main findings in patients with COVID-19. No cases of pleural effusions were found. According to our experience, the routine use of LUS in the evaluation of children with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, when performed by clinicians with documented experience in LUS, was useful in diagnosing and monitoring pediatric COVID-19 pneumonia, reducing unnecessary radiation/sedation in children and exposure of health care workers to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2094-2098
Number of pages5
JournalUltrasound in Medicine and Biology
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Adolescent
  • Betacoronavirus
  • COVID-19
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Children
  • Coronavirus Infections
  • Coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19)
  • Female
  • Hospitals, Pediatric
  • Humans
  • Lung
  • Lung ultrasound
  • Male
  • Occupational Exposure
  • Pandemics
  • Pneumonia, Viral
  • Rome
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)
  • Ultrasonography


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