Lung ultrasound and computed tomographic findings in pregnant woman with COVID-19

Kalafat E., Yaprak E., ÇINAR G., VARLI B., Ozisik S., UZUN Ç., ...More

ULTRASOUND IN OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY, vol.55, no.6, pp.835-837, 2020 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 55 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/uog.22034
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, Agricultural & Environmental Science Database, Biotechnology Research Abstracts, CINAHL, EMBASE, MEDLINE
  • Page Numbers: pp.835-837
  • Keywords: consolidations, COVID-19, lung, pneumonia, pregnancy, SARS-CoV-2, tomography, ultrasound
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: No


Imaging modalities play a crucial role in the management of suspected COVID-19 patients. Before reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test results are positive, 60-93% of patients have positive chest computed tomographic (CT) findings consistent with COVID-19. We report a case of positive lung ultrasound findings consistent with COVID-19 in a woman with an initially negative RT-PCR result. The lung ultrasound-imaging findings were present between the negative and subsequent positive RT-PCR tests and correlated with CT findings. The point-of-care lung-ultrasound examination was easy to perform and, as such, could play an important role in the triage of women with suspected COVID-19. The neonatal swabs, cord blood and placental swab RT-PCR tests were negative for SARS-CoV-2, a finding consistent with the published literature suggesting no vertical transmission of this virus in pregnant women. Copyright (c) 2020 ISUOG. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.