Inspissated secretions: a life-threatening complication of prolonged noninvasive ventilation

Respir Care. 2000 May;45(5):491-3.


Noninvasive Ventilation is frequently initiated in an attempt to avoid the complications of invasive mechanical ventilation. The optimal duration of this strategy is unclear, as prolonged noninvasive ventilation has associated complications. This case report illustrates the development of life-threatening inspissated secretions precipitating airway obstruction as a consequence of prolonged noninvasive ventilation.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Airway Obstruction / etiology*
  • Airway Obstruction / metabolism
  • Airway Obstruction / therapy
  • Humans
  • Laryngoscopy
  • Male
  • Mouth Mucosa / metabolism*
  • Mucus / metabolism*
  • Pharynx / metabolism*
  • Positive-Pressure Respiration / adverse effects*
  • Respiratory Insufficiency / therapy
  • Time Factors