What does ultrasonography miss in blunt trauma patients with a low Glasgow Coma Score (GCS)?

Dror Soffer, Carl I. Schulman, Mark G. McKenney, Stephen Cohn, Nicolas Alvarez Renaud, Nicholas Namias, Mauricio Lynn

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Abstract

Background: The role of ultrasound (US) as a screening tool for the evaluation of blunt abdominal trauma is still controversial. Determining the types of missed injuries and the accuracy of US in patients with a low GCS will improve the evaluation of these blunt trauma patients. Methods: Prospectively collected data from the trauma registry of a Level I trauma center was reviewed. Results: 7,952 patients were included in the study. US examination had an accuracy of 89%, sensitivity of 77%, specificity of 97%, positive predictive value (PPV) of 78%, and negative predictive value (NPV) of 98%. GCS correlated with ISS and base deficit levels. US examination had a significantly lower accuracy in patients with a low GCS and in women. Conclusion: The sensitivity and specificity of US examination is similar in those with normal and low GCS. Therefore ultrasonographic examination may be considered a good screening tool for the evaluation of patients with blunt abdominal trauma, but its accuracy is diminished in patients with a low GCS. Further imaging may be warranted in these patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1184-1188
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Trauma - Injury, Infection and Critical Care
Volume60
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2006

Keywords

  • Glasgow Coma Score
  • Missed injuries
  • Trauma
  • Ultrasound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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