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CONSIDER THE PROBE: AN IMPORTANT "CAN'T MISS" DIAGNOSIS DURING FLU SEASON (Courtesy Dr. Debessai)

While the past year has been a rather unusual influenza season, most years from December through February in the emergency department we are tripping over patients with "influenza-like illness".  While the vast majority of patients do indeed have a fairly benign viral syndrome, there are a few "can't miss' diagnoses that should always be considered.  

Dr. Debessai presents a case where his use of POCUS helped him make an important diagnosis and changed the therapeutic plan as well as the disposition.  So next flu season, consider bringing the ultrasound into the room with you when evaluating patients with ILI symptoms...



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