The mcconnell sign is seen in patients with acute chest syndrome

John Bates McCutcheon, Pascha Schaffer, Matthew Lyon, Richard D. Gordon

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Bedside ultrasound is often used as a part of the evaluation of patients who are critically ill. The McConnell sign is an important echocardiographic finding in some critically ill patients with pulmonary embolism and an acute right ventricular infarct. We present 3 critically ill patients with confirmed acute chest syndrome who showed the McConnell sign on echocardiography. In patients with sickle cell disease presenting with chest pain and shortness of breath, the presence of the McConnell sign does not narrow the differential diagnosis between pulmonary embolism, an acute right ventricular infarct, and acute chest syndrome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2433-2437
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Ultrasound in Medicine
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2018


  • Acute chest syndrome
  • Critical care
  • Echocardiography
  • Emergency medicine
  • McConnell sign
  • Point-of-care ultrasound
  • Pulmonary embolism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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