What is the accuracy of point-of-care ultrasound in diagnosing abscess in emergency department patients with skin and soft tissue infections compared to standard care?

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Differentiating between an abscess and cellulitis can often pose a diagnostic challenge. However, the management of each case is quite different. This study aims to synthesize the current literature on the test performance characteristics of point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) to diagnose abscesses.

Which, if any, threats to validity are most likely to have an impact on the results and how?

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