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A Journal on Anesthesiology, Resuscitation, Analgesia and Intensive Care

Official Journal of the Italian Society of Anesthesiology, Analgesia, Resuscitation and Intensive Care
Indexed/Abstracted in: Current Contents/Clinical Medicine, EMBASE, PubMed/MEDLINE, Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch), Scopus
Impact Factor 2,036

Frequency: Monthly

ISSN 0375-9393

Online ISSN 1827-1596


Minerva Anestesiologica 2011 November;77(11):1121-3


Successful application of helmet non-invasive ventilation in a parturient with acute respiratory distress syndrome

Frassanito L., Draisci G., Pinto R., Maviglia R., Maggiore S. M.

Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, Policlinico Agostino Gemelli, Sacro Cuore Catholic University, Rome, Italy; Policlinico Agostino Gemelli, Sacro Cuore Catholic University, Rome, Italy

Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is an important cause of morbidity and mortality during pregnancy. The case of a twin pregnant woman in her 28th week who developed infection-related ARDS, undergoing a cesarean section for premature membrane rupture is described. It was performed epidural anaesthesia and helmet non-invasive ventilation (NIV) during the postoperative period. The combination of epidural anesthesia with NIV helped to restore physiological gas-exchange and to prevent common complications associated with a more invasive approach.

language: English


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