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The role of ultrasonography in the management of lung and pleural diseases.

Ultrasonographic examination in pulmonology provides a revolutionary advance because it is very helpful in the diagnosis and management of various pleural and peripheral pulmonary defects. Lung ultrasonography allows the clinicians to diagnose some pulmonary abnormalities more rapidly, including the diagnosis of pleural effusion. Ultrasound examination also provides great assistance for the clinicians to perform invasive techniques in the field of pulmonology, which may increase the success rate and reduce the likelihood of complications. In addition to pleural effusion, other lung disorders can be diagnosed by ultrasound such as peripheral lung tumors and other pleural abnormalities caused by pleural fibrosis and tumor metastasis as well as the primary pleural tumor (mesothelioma). Ultrasound-guided invasive procedures include aspiration of minimal effusion, Transthoracal Needle Aspiration, Transthoracal biopsies and chest tube insertion. Lung ultrasound also offers other advantages, i.e. free from radiation hazards, portable, non-invasive and relatively inexpensive. Ultrasonography in the thorax also has its limitations, especially in detecting mediastinal abnormalities.

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