Severe pulmonary air-leakage associated with bi-level positive airway pressure

  • Francisco Miguel González Valverde | migova@terra.es Surgery Department. Hospital General Universitario Reina Sofia de Murcia, Spain.
  • María Jesús Gómez Ramos Department of Intensive Care Unit, Reina Sofia University General Hospital, University of Murcia, Spain.
  • Miguel Ruiz Marín Department of Surgery, Reina Sofia University General Hospital, University of Murcia, Spain.
  • Marcelino Méndez Martínez Departments of Surgery, Reina Sofia University General Hospital, University of Murcia, Spain.

Abstract

The discovery of a severe pulmonary airleakage (PAL) associated with bi-level positive airway pressure (BiPAP) is a truly strange clinical finding, even for a very experienced specialist in pulmonary medicine. We present a woman who developed pneumomediastinum, pneumoperitoneum, retropneumoperitoneum and subcutaneous emphysema while being treated with BiPAP for hypoxic respiratory failure associated with pneumonia. The pulmonary barotrauma completely resolved after discontinuation of BiPAP. PAL following spontaneous BiPAP is benign and self-limited.

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Published
2012-01-27
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Keywords:
barotrauma, bi-level positive airway pressure, pneumomediastinum, pneumoperitoneum, retropneumoperitoneum and subcutaneous emphysema.
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González Valverde, F. M., Gómez Ramos, M. J., Ruiz Marín, M., & Méndez Martínez, M. (2012). Severe pulmonary air-leakage associated with bi-level positive airway pressure. Chest Disease Reports, 2(1), e1. https://doi.org/10.4081/cdr.2012.e1