Ultrasound pleural effusion sign as a useful marker for identifying heart failure worsening in established heart failure patients during follow-up

Congestive Heart Failure, 05/03/2012

Kataoka H – The test characteristics of the US–PLE sign for diagnosis of high possibility of worsening HF status fulfilling the highly certain or probable criteria were: sensitivity (76.6%), specificity (98.6%), positive predictive value (71.1%), and negative predictive value (99.0%). The US–PLE sign has high diagnostic accuracy for identifying worsening HF, including asymptomatic events, in HF patients during follow–up.

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