Basics of abdominal Ultrasonography

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Basics of abdominal Ultrasonography:

Basics of abdominal Ultrasonography Dr . Rabie Fahmy Zahran. Tropical M . Consultant. Damietta Fever Hospital. Egypt.


Definition Ultrasonography is study of internal organs or blood vessel using high frequency sound waves, the actual test called ultrasound scan or sonogram.

Slide 3: Definition Ultrasound are sound waves of frequencies greater than audible to human ear i.e. greater than 20,000Hz.

Historical Introduction:

Historical Introduction 1876 Sir Francis Galton : 1 st ultrasound instrument developed in dog 1880 Jacques & Pierre : discovery of piezoelectric effect (mechanical electric) 1881 Curies : reverse piezoelectric effect for Industrial applications 1940 Ultrasonic energy was 1 st applied in human body for medical purpose. 1954 Medical application of ultrasound .


Indications 1) detecting abnormalities of heart, uterus, pancreas, urinary bladder, liver, stomach, kidney, eye & teeth. 2) confirm intrauterine & exclude ectopic pregnancy, fetal sex determination, viable fetus, missed abortion, retained products after termination, evaluate anomalies, 3) Guided amniocentesis, choroinic vilius biopsy, intrauterine fetal transfusion. 4) check tumor, cholecystitis, intussuception ,gall stone, bile duct obstruction, cirrhosis, splenomegaly, & pancreatic abscess.


5) Detect renal abnormalities, tumor, urinary calculi of urinary bladder, morphology of kidney. 6) Diagnose the prostat ic malignant diseases. 7) Useful in Echo cardiography& congenital heart defect. 8) Ultrasound also used to clean teeth in dental hygiene. 9) Ocular sonography used evaluation of internal ocular structures. Also useful in cataract treatment, Retrobulbar abnormalities which may be difficult to detect radiographically but easily identified sonographically. Indications

Slide 7: : Basic Ultrasound Physics Sound is a series of pressure waves( mechanical waves) propagating through a medium . One cycle of the acoustic wave is composed of a complete positive and negative pressure change.  The wavelength is the distance traveled during one cycle, the frequency of the wave is measured in cycles per second or Hertz (Cycles/s, Hz).

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* A sound waves travels in a pulse & when it is reflected back it becomes an echo. The pulse-echo principle is used for ultrasound imaging. * A pulse generated by one or more piezo-electric crystals in an ultrasound probe or transducer. * Ultrasound probe crystal is shocked by single extremely short pulse of electricity to vibrate at a frequency determined by its thickness. Principle

Slide 10: Principle * Once echo are converted into electrical signals, these are processed & transformed into a visual display of the measure of the amplitude of the echo this is echo quantification. * The transducer picks up the return echo & record any changes in the pitch or direction of the sound, the image is immediately visible on the screen.

Slide 11: sound waves travel faster in solids than liquids or gases. The major cause of attenuation in soft tissue is absorption,



Color Doppler Image:

Color Doppler Image CDI can see the structure in different colors . Two dimensional echo . CDI was introduced in the middle 1980 . Geoff Stevenson given first demonstration of Color Doppler. Color Doppler application includes : echocardiography , peripheral vascular disease detection of arterial stenosis , venous thrombosis, venous blood flow pattern, & development of aneurysms. In evaluation of blood flow to critical organ It also shows flow characteristics in portal hepatic veins artery & renal artery stenosis .

Slide 14: Edge artifact

Slide 15: Reverberations artifacts ultrasound echoes being repeatedly reflected between two highly reflective interfaces


Ultrasonography Advantages - No ionizing radiation - Safe in pregnancy - No known side effect - Cheap , portable machine - Minimum preparation of patient . - Painless , noninvasive - Direct vision for biopsy Disadvantages * Sonographer should be expert in diagnosis . * Performing & interpreting the examination can be extremely difficult.

Portable Ultrasound machine:

Portable Ultrasound machine

Ultrasonography Machine:

Ultrasonography Machine

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1. Ultrasound waves:

1. Ultrasound waves They are waves of very high frequency ranging between 3.5 – 10 MHz and up to 20 MHz in endo-sonography. When the frequency the resolution and penetration .

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In adults the frequency used = 3.5 MHz. In children the frequency used = 5 MHz. In small parts = 7 MHz. In endosonography = 7.5-20 MHz.

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It means the reflection of waves , and this depends on the material which is penetrated by US. 2. Echo pattern

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2. Echo pattern Echofree : When ultrasound waves pass through fluids ( ascites- simple cyst- blood vessels) no reflection occurs and these areas appears as black areas with posterior enhancement .

Slide 24: Posterior enhancement & mirrored side

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2. Echo pattern Echogenic : When ultrasound waves pass through solids (bones – stone) all waves are reflected and appears as white color with posterior shadow .

Slide 26: Posterior shadow

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a. Shape Linear Sector Linear convex b. Frequency Single Dual Range 3. Transducers

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Slide 29: Anatomical overview of upper abdomen

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1. Size . 2. Focal lesion . 3.Diffuse liver disease . 4.Hepatic vasculature . ( portal vein & hepatic veins ) 5. Intrahepatic biliary radicles . Liver

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Size: Lt. Lobe span (5-10 cm). Rt. Lobe span (8-15 cm). Liver

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1. Size . 2. Focal lesion . 3.Diffuse liver disease . 4.Hepatic vasculature . ( portal vein & hepatic veins ) 5. Intrahepatic biliary radicles . Liver

Focal lesions:

Focal lesions 1. Single or Multiple. 2. Size 3. Site (segmental anatomy) Liver

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lesion ) focal ) Liver 4 .Echopattern Ec h ofree e.g. hepatic simple cyst, hydatid cyst. Hypoechoic e.g. amoebic liver abscess, lymphoma. Hyp e rechoic (echogenic) e.g.haemangioma . Heterogeneous e.g. cancer, secondary metastasis. 5.Differential diagnosis

Slide 37: Hemangioma of liver (hepatic hemangioma): Images show a large (8 cms.) rounded, well defined, hyperechoic, non-calcific mass in the right lobe of liver. There is a moderate amount of acoustic enhancement posterior to the lesion.

Slide 38: Multiple metastases in the liver Heterogeneous echogenicity

Slide 39: Liver metastases Heterogeneous echogenicity

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Slide 41: Hydatid cyst or echinococcosis of liver Ec h o-free

Slide 42: Hydatid cyst

Slide 43: Amebic liver abscess hypoechoic nature of the lesions suggesting further breakdown of the solid liver tissue ( liquifactive necrosis)

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1. Size. 2. Focal lesion. 3.Diffuse liver disease. 4.Hepatic vasculature. (portal vein & hepatic veins) 5. Intrahepatic biliary radicles. Liver

Diffuse liver disease:

Diffuse liver disease Schistosomal hepatic fibrosis: (Thickened portal tracts): Portal tracts appear in US as portal vein radicles . If the wall of these radicles are thickened, we measure the portal tracts (outer-outer diameter). If the diameter is more than 3 mm in more than 3 tracts  “Periportal Thickening”. Liver

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Liver Pp thickening

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Liver Pp thickening

Diffuse liver disease:

Diffuse liver disease Liver cirrhosis: coarse echopattern with: (Miliary =echogenic fine liver dots). * Irregular surface. * Large caudate lobe * Attenuated hepatic veins . Liver

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Diffuse liver disease:

Diffuse liver disease Bright liver: Increase brightness “less dark”. Normally, the echopattern of the liver is slightly brighter than the renal parenchyma. D.D of Bright liver . Fatty liver (DM – Hyperlipidemia-obese patients) Chronic hepatitis Liver cirrhosis Liver

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Liver Bright liver

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Liver Bright liver

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1.Size. 2. Focal lesion. 3.Diffuse liver disease. 4.Hepatic vasculature. (portal vein & hepatic veins) 5. Intrahepatic biliary radicles. Liver

Hepatic Vasculature:

Hepatic Vasculature A- Portal Vein: - The diameter is normally up to 12mm, in fasting adults. - From 13-17mm in suspected cases of portal hypertension. Liver

Slide 56: Liver Hepatic Vasculature >17 it is sure portal hypertension. NB: - In some cases of portal hyper-tension the P.V diameter is within normal due to the presence of collaterals.

Portal Vein Thrombosis:

Portal Vein Thrombosis Occurs in association with: H.C.C. After sclerotherapy. After splenectomy Liver

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Liver Portal Vein Thrombosis

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Liver Portal Vein Thrombosis


Collaterals The presence of any collaterals is a sure sign of Portal Hypertension 1- Para umbilical vein : seen in the falciform ligament. 2- Coronary vein : seen in the inferior surface of the left lobe. Normally less than 5 mm. It is related to oesophageal varices. Liver

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3- Splenic hilum collaterals: lieno-renal collaterals (benign) around splenic vein& directed to the kidney lienogastric : Directed to stomach. related to fundal varices .. Collaterals Liver

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Liver Para umbilical vein

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Liver Splenic hilum collaterals

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Liver Coronary vein

Hepatic Veins:

Hepatic Veins Importance of hepatic veins : * Attenuated in Liver cirrhosis and veno-occlusive disease. * Dilated in congested hepatomegaly. * In segmented Anatomy . Liver

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Liver Dilated HVs.

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Liver HVs Attenuated

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Liver Normal HVs.

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Liver HVs Attenuated

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Liver HVs Attenuated

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1. Size. 2. Focal lesion. 3.Diffuse liver disease. 4.Hepatic vasculature. (portal vein & hepatic veins) 5.Intrahepatic biliary radicles . Liver

Intra-hepatic Biliary Radicles:

Intra-hepatic Biliary Radicles * Normally they are not seen, when dilated as in Obstructive Jaundice  “double barrel sign” (portal vein tributary and intra-hepatic bile radicle ). Liver

Slide 73: Intra-hepatic Biliary Radicles *When the obstruction is intra-hepatic (e.g hilar cholangio-carcinoma) there is no dilatation of CBD. * when the obstruction is extra hepatic there is dilatation of CBD. more than 8 mm

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Liver double barrel sign

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Liver double barrel sign

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Liver IHBD

Slide 77: IHBD Liver

Causes of bile duct obstruction:

Causes of bile duct obstruction * Stones in the CBD, hepatic duct, or ampulla of vater * Cancer head of pancreas , ampulla of vater, cholangiocarcinoma. * Lesions in the porta hepatis as porta hepatis lymph node enlargement. * Fasciola or ascaris . Liver

Segmental anatomy of the liver:

Segmental anatomy of the liver seg 6,7 Caudate lobe seg 1 seg 2 Left H.V and hep. Margin Left H.V and falciform lig. seg 3 Quadrate lobe seg 4 G.B and right hep. V seg 5,8 Rt hep. V. and margin of the liver

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Gall Bladder

Slide 83: Normal Anatomy of Gall bladder

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Size Wall thickness. Contents Stone. Parasites. Mud. Masses polyp cancer Gall Bladder


Size Long axis 6-12 cm , short axis 3-5 cm - Contracted < 5 cm. - Distended > 12 cm when the patient is fasting. Gall Bladder

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- Size - Wall thickness. - Contents Stone. Parasites. Mud. - Masses polyp cancer Gall Bladder

Wall thickness:

Wall thickness - Measured in the side in contact with the liver. - Normally it is up to 3 mm. - From 3-5 mm >>> suspect thick wall. Gall Bladder

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Liver Wall thickness * > 5 mm It is a thick wall gall bladder which is seen in: Cholecystitis (acute-chronic). Ascites . Hepatitis ( viral). Schistosomiasis .

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Size Wall thickness. Contents Stone. Parasites. Mud. Masses polyp cancer Gall Bladder


Contents * Stones: seen inside the gall bladder in all positions, mobile except at the neck. they appear white with posterior shadow. * Mud (infected bile) * Thick bile. Change with changing position with or without presence of stones. The picture occurs in the presence of thick bile in patients on IV fluids for 3-4 days with inflamed GB. Gall Bladder

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Gall Bladder Contents Parasite: Fasciola appears p earl shape. Move as a whole. Ascaris rare appears as thrill inside G B. Cancer & polyps: Polypoidal or heterogeneous mass.

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Gall Bladder

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Gall Bladder

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Gall Bladder

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Gall Bladder

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Gall Bladder

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Gall Bladder Mud

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Gall Bladder

Slide 102: Phrygian cap of GB

Slide 103: Carcinoma of gall bladder

Slide 104: Ultrasound images of double gall bladder

Slide 105: Mirizzi syndrome This syndrome is caused by impacted calculus in the Gall bladder neck or cystic duct causing extrinsic compression of the common hepatic duct. A common predisposing factor for this is the low insertion of the cystic duct into the common hepatic duct. This makes the cystic duct almost parallel to the common hepatic duct.

Slide 106: Hartmann's pouch calculus: is an out-pouching of the wall of the gallbladder at the junction of the neck of the gallbladder and the cystic duct.

Slide 107: Biliary sand or lime bile or lime water bile in gall bladder: large distended gall bladder with markedly echogenic contents. The echogenicity appears similar to that of the liver

Slide 108: Gall bladder sludge thickened gall bladder wall (suggestive of cholecystitis) with the GB (gall bladder) lumen filled with echogenic debris which is typical of gall bladder sludge.

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Size Measure the diagonal axis: Normally it covers the upper 1/3 of the left kidney. - Longest axis (diagnostic) < 12 cm. - Relation to kidney. - Relation to costal margin. Spleen

Focal Lesions:

Focal Lesions * Causes: Lymphoma. Cyst (simple-hydatid ). Infarction of a part (triangular area & base toward the edge). Sarcoma. Spleen

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Spleen Diffuse disease Hemosidrosis: White dots in spleen Means Portal Hypertension

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Spleen Longest axis

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Slide 116: Normal kidney


Anatomy Kidneys are retroperitoneal, T12 - L4 Right kidney is lower than the left kidney Right kidney is posterio-inferior to liver & gallbladder Left kidney is inferior-medial to the spleen Adrenal glands are superior, anterior, medial to each kidney

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IVC AORTA Celiac axis SMA Renal artery Renal vein Hepatic Veins Right kidney Left kidney Liver Spleen Anatomy


Anatomy 9-12 cm long, 4-5 cm wide, 3-4 cm thick Gerota’s fascia encloses kidney, capsule, perinephric fat Sinus Hilum: vessels, nerves, lymphatics, ureter Pelvis: major and minor calyces Parenchyma surrounds the sinus Cortex: site of urine formation, contains nephrons Medulla: contains pyramids that pass urine to minor calyces. Columns of Bertin separate pyramids

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Renal artery Renal vein Ureter Renal capsule Cortex Medullary pyramids Minor Calyx Kidney Anatomy Medulla Sinus Major Calyx

Sonographic Appearance:

Sonographic Appearance Ureters are normally not seen Renal pelvis is black when visible Renal sinus is echogenic due to fat Medullary pyramids are hypoechoic Cortex is mid-gray, less echogenic than liver or spleen. Capsule is smooth and echogenic

Right Kidney Long Axis:

Liver Diaphragm Sinus Cortex Anterior Posterior Superior Inferior Right Kidney Long Axis

Right Kidney Short Axis:

Right Kidney Short Axis Vertebral Body R Kidney Aorta Renal a. GB IVC Liver Anterior Posterior Right Left

Left Kidney Long Axis:

Left Kidney Long Axis Anterior Posterior Superior Inferior Spleen Kidney Rib Shadow

Left Kidney Short Axis:

Left Kidney Short Axis Anterior Posterior Right Left Liver Spleen L Kidney

Common Pitfalls in Renal Scanning:

Common Pitfalls in Renal Scanning Failure to scan both kidneys Mistaking prominent renal pyramids for hydronephrosis Mistaking prominent pyramids for cysts Confusing normal renal arteries for the ureter

Slide 127: Right Kidney ( normal) Left Kidney ( normal) Rt. lobe Spleen

Slide 128: Longitudinal image of normal Rt. kidney

Degree of Hydronephrosis:

Degree of Hydronephrosis Normal Mild Moderate Severe

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Slide 139: Fungating bladder mass

Slide 140: Hydronephrosis of the right kidney. Mega-ureter.

Slide 141: Tumour of the right kidney

Slide 142: Cortical cysts or simple renal cyst:

Slide 143: Chronic renal failure (Medical renal disease) :

Slide 144: Kidney Stone:

Slide 145: Sonography of very large renal calculi: This huge calculus was discovered on ultrasound imaging of the left kidney. The calculus measuring almost 7 cms. is seen occupying the lower half of the left renal pelvis and the adjacent calyces. There is also mild dilatation of the renal pelvis due to urinary tract obstruction

Slide 146: Multiple renal calculi:

Slide 147: Nephrocalcinosis markedly echogenic (hyperechoic) renal pyramids with the central parts also affected. Ultrasound images also reveal renal calculus formation. These images suggest presence of medullary nephrocalcinosis.

Slide 148: Autosoma l Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPC K):

Slide 149: Normal pancreas .

Slide 150: 1- liver; 2- head of the pancreas 3- pancreatic body; 4- Wirsung's duct; 5- tail of the pancreas; 6- superior mesenteric artery; 7- IVC. 8- Aorta ; 9- spine. 10- GB Normal pancreas .

Slide 151: Tumour of the pancreatic head

Slide 152: an oval, echo-negative formation with well-defined, even outline visualised within the pancreatic body projection Pancreatic cyst

Slide 153: Benign prostatic hyperplasia

Slide 154: Large urinary bladder calculus

Slide 155: Urinary bladder wall trabeculation in a case of Lower urinary tract obstruction

Slide 156: Pleural effusion: large, clear, hypoechoic fluid collection in the left pleural space. The left lung has collapsed into a small mass of tissue compressed by the effusion. A small fibrotic band is seen traversing the fluid.

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Slide 159: 1) cervix length; 2) body length ; 3) antero -posterior length on the level of the uterine body ; 4) width ; 5) endometrium thickness. Measuring the uterine dimensions

Slide 160: Normal ovaries at the beginning of the cycle.

Slide 161: Uterine fibromyoma .

Slide 162: Normal uterine pregnancy. Duration of gestation: 4 weeks

Case study:

Case study

Slide 164: Case 1 A 38-year-old man comes to the emergency department after falling 15 feet off scaffolding at work.  His systolic BP is 90; his heart rate is 125 bpm.  He is on a backboard and in a C-spine collar and complains of severe pain in his back and abdomen. You perform the FAST ultrasound scan as part of your trauma evaluation and find the following

Slide 165: Image case 1 Your diagnosis : Significant amount of intra-abdominal free fluid.  Shown here is the peri-hepatic area, also called “Morrison’s pouch”. ED management : Immediate transfer to the operating room for exploratory laparotomy.  The patient is clinically unstable and has a presumed intra-abdominal bleed, most likely from a solid organ injury or vascular injury.

Slide 166: Case 2 A 42-year-old female patient complains of sudden severe right flank pain.  During your interview she is restless and seems unable to find a position of comfort.  On exam she is afebrile, her vital signs are stable and she has tenderness over her right flank.  You perform a bedside ultrasound and find the following:

Slide 167: Your diagnosis: Mild hydronephrosis right. ED management: On extended bedside ultrasound her left kidney appears normal, also her aorta and FAST exam show no abnormalities. Symptomatic treatment with IV fluids and pain control resolve all symptoms.  Patient will need urgent outpatient follow-up with urology for renal colic with hydronephrosis without signs of infection and normal renal function.

Slide 168: Case 3 A 23-year-old woman presents to the ED with nausea and vomiting for the past few days.  Her last period was regular but very light and she can’t remember the exact date.  She does not take birth control or fertility drugs.  Her abdominal exam is unremarkable, on pelvic exam the cervical os is closed.  You perform a bedside pelvic ultrasound:

Slide 169: Your diagnosis: Early intra-uterine pregnancy. (Image courtesy of W. Hosek, M.D.) ED management : Nausea and vomiting resolve with IV hydration and medication.  The patient is discharged with outpatient follow-up with OB and started on pre-natal vitamins.

Slide 170: Case 4 A 45-year-old patient presents with upper abdominal pain.  Her symptoms began after eating a burger.  On exam she is tender over the right upper abdomen. She mentions that she had two similar episodes recently, but they were less painful.  You start symptomatic treatment, order blood work and perform a bedside ultrasound:

Slide 171: Your diagnosis : Acute biliary colic with multiple gallstones. On ultrasound exam you find multiple gallstones but the gallbladder wall and common bile duct appear normal. ED management : Blood work shows no infection or elevation of liver or pancreatic enzymes.  The patient improves with symptomatic management and her pain resolves.  She is discharged from the ED after surgical consultation and planned outpatient follow-up.

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