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Video 18-15: This video shows a multiseptated pleural effusion.

From: Critical Care Ultrasonography, Second Edition

This pattern is consistent with a complex parapneumonic effusion or empyema that will require fibrinolytic treatment or surgical drainage. The 3.5 MHz transducer is in longitudinal orientation and placed perpendicular to the chest wall to scan through the 7th intercostal space in the left mid-axillary line.

11 secs
Author(s) Lewis Eisen, Peter Doelken, Sahar Ahmad
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