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

Copyright © 2011 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

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


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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.

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