What every intensivist should know about the IVC

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J Crit Care. 2023 Nov 7:154455. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrc.2023.154455. Online ahead of print.


Assessment of the IVC by point-of-care ultrasound in the context of resuscitation has been a controversial topic in the last decades. Most of the focus had been on its use as a surrogate marker for fluid responsiveness, with results being equivocal. We review its important anatomical aspects as well as the physiological rationale behind ultrasound assessment and propose a new way to do so, as well as explain its central role in the concept of fluid tolerance.

PMID:37945462 | DOI:10.1016/j.jcrc.2023.154455

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