T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma (T-cell LBL) is an uncommon diagnosis for acute dyspnea in pediatric emergencies. This case details a 13-year-old boy presenting to the ED with dyspnea, who was diagnosed with T-cell LBL. It was a unique presentation in which there was no obvious mediastinal mass on the examination or primary imaging. As a safe and cost-effective modality for a patient that was too unstable to transfer to the radiology department for computed tomography, point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) was useful in the patient's rapid assessment for suspected pericardial and pleural effusion. This case highlights the advantage of early utilization of POCUS for pediatric patients with dyspnea.
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Sablak, C. H., Dudley, R. M., Youngdahl, A., & Roth, K. R. (2021). Point-of-care ultrasound assists in rapid diagnosis of T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma in a young boy. Cureus, 13(5), e14978. https://doi.org/10.7759/cureus.14978
Diagnosis | Emergency Medicine
Department of Emergency Medicine