New Ultrasound Techniques Challenge the Diagnosis of Sinusoidal Obstruction Syndrome

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Sinusoidal obstruction syndrome, also known as veno-occlusive disease (SOS/VOD), is a potentially life-threatening complication that can develop after hematopoietic cell transplantation. Clinically, SOS/VOD is characterized by hepatomegaly, right upper quadrant pain, jaundice and ascites, most often occurring within the first 3 wk after hematopoietic cell transplantation. Early therapeutic intervention is pivotal for survival in SOS/VOD. Thus, a rapid and reliable diagnosis has to be made. Diagnosis of SOS/VOD is based on clinical criteria, such as the Seattle, Baltimore or recently issued European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation criteria, to which hemodynamic and/or ultrasound evidence of SOS were added for the first time. However, to rule out major differential diagnoses and to verify the diagnosis, a reliable imaging method is needed. Ultrasound techniques have been proposed in SOS/VOD. Nevertheless, the sensitivity and specificity of transabdominal ultrasound and Doppler techniques need to be improved. Innovative ultrasound methods such as a combination of Doppler ultrasound with shear wave elastography and contrast-enhanced ultrasound techniques should be evaluated for diagnosis and follow-up of SOS/VOD. The goals of this review are to discuss currently available ultrasound techniques and to identify areas for future studies in SOS/VOD.




Dietrich, C. F., Trenker, C., Fontanilla, T., Görg, C., Hausmann, A., Klein, S., … Dong, Y. (2018, November 1). New Ultrasound Techniques Challenge the Diagnosis of Sinusoidal Obstruction Syndrome. Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology. Elsevier USA.

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