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Validity of ultrasonography to diagnosing pneumothorax: a critical appraisal of two meta-analyses

  • Aftab Azad (a1), Saad Al Juma (a1), Junaid A. Bhatti (a2) and Jerrald Dankoff (a1)

Abstract

Clinical question

Can ultrasonography be used in lieu of chest radiography to diagnose pneumothorax?

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1. Ding W, Shen Y, Yang J, et al. Diagnosis of pneumothorax by radiography and ultrasonography: a metaanalysis. Chest 2011;140:859-66. [Epub 2011 May 5]

2. Alrajhi K, Woo MY, Vaillancourt C. Test characteristics of ultrasonography for the detection of pneumothorax: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Chest 2012; 141:703-8.

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Corresponding author

Correspondence to: Dr. Aftab Azad, Department of Emergency Medicine, Residency Program, McGill Emergency Medicine Residency Program Office, Room A4.62, Royal Victoria Hospital, 687 Pine Avenue West, Montreal, QC H3A 1A1; aftab.azad@mail.mcgill.ca; aftab.azad@hotmail.com.

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1. Ding, W, Shen, Y, Yang, J, et al. Diagnosis of pneumothorax by radiography and ultrasonography: a meta-analysis. Chest 2011;140:859866; [Epub 2011 May 5] doi:10.1378/chest.10-2946.
2. Alrajhi, K, Woo, MY, Vaillancourt, C. Test characteristics of ultrasonography for the detection of pneumothorax: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Chest 2012;141:703708, doi:10.1378/chest.11-0131.
3. Oxman, AD, Guyatt, GH. Validation of an index of the quality of review articles. JClin Epidemiol 1991;44:12711278, doi:10.1016/0895-4356(91)90160-B.

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