Soft Tissue – MSK

Indications

    • Suspected soft tissue-infection
    • Foreign body
    • Joint effusion
    • Tendon injury
    • Fracture

Clinical Questions

    • Is there evidence of abscess formation or simple cellulitis?
    • Can the suspected foreign body be localized and identified?
    • Does the swelling around a joint represent a joint effusion or surrounding soft tissue swelling?
    • Is there evidence of partial or complete tendon disruption?
    • Is there evidence of a fracture?

Documentation

Musculoskeletal/Soft tissue Ultrasound performed by me:
Indications: To evaluate for cellulitis
Location: ***
Interpretation: There is soft tissue edema/cobblestoning consistent with cellulitis
Images archived in the medical record.

Musculoskeletal/Soft tissue Ultrasound performed by me:
Indications: To evaluate for abscess
Location: ***
Interpretation: There is a focal fluid collection consistent with abscess
Images archived in the medical record.

Musculoskeletal/Soft tissue Ultrasound performed by me:
Indications: To evaluate for foreign body
Location: ***
Interpretation: There is no evidence of foreign body
Images archived in the medical record.

Recommended Reading

    • Introduction to Bedside Ultrasound Vol 1 & Vol 2
      • Chapter 14: Hip
      • Chapter 15: Shoulder
      • Chapter 25: Soft Tissue
      • Chapter 26: MSK Basics

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