Title

Emergency physician-performed bedside ultrasound of pyomyositis.

Division

West Florida

Hospital

Brandon

Document Type

Case Report

Publication Date

4-1-2021

Keywords

emergency department, intramuscular abscess, muscle infection, point‐of‐care ultrasound, pyomyositis, ultrasonography

Disciplines

Diagnosis | Emergency Medicine | Musculoskeletal Diseases

Abstract

Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) is an indispensable tool for emergency physicians in the rapid bedside diagnosis of skin and soft tissue infections. The utility of POCUS for the differentiation of cellulitis and subcutaneous abscess is well established; however, there is a paucity of studies highlighting POCUS as a first-line imaging approach for pyomyositis, an uncommon skeletal muscle infection and/or intramuscular abscess formation requiring emergent diagnosis. This report describes a case in which emergency physician-performed POCUS led to the early detection and timely management of pyomyositis in the emergency department.

Publisher or Conference

Journal of the American College of Emergency Physicians Open

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