Ünlüer EE, Senturk GÖ, Karagöz A, et al. Red flag in bedside echocardiography for acute pulmonary embolism: remembering McConnell’s sign. Am J Emerg Med. 2013 Apr;31(4):719-21. doi: 10.1016/j.ajem.2012.12.007.
Dyspnea is a common symptom among emergency department (ED) patients. The differential diagnosis of dyspnea in ED patients is broad, and pulmonary embolism (PE) is a crucial consideration among these. Recognition of right ventricular (RV) dysfunction is critical in patients with PE. Here, we present a 76-year-old male patient with the complaint of dyspnea. Focused cardiac ultrasonography performed by the emergency physician revealed enlarged RV, hypokinetic lateral wall and hyperkinetic apex of RV (McConnell’s sign). We have screened the deep venous system of the patient with the linear probe for possible deep venous thrombosis and showed that the right dilated uncompressible popliteal vein had a thrombus formation.
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SonoSim Keywords: Echocardiography, McConnell’s Sign, Ultrasound Training, Cardiac Ultrasound, Pulmonary Embolism