A case series of skin necrosis following use of non invasive ventilation pressure masks

Int Wound J. 2013 Feb;10(1):87-90. doi: 10.1111/j.1742-481X.2012.00948.x. Epub 2012 Mar 20.


Two cases of nasal skin necrosis secondary to pressure from the use of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) face masks are presented. Both developed skin necrosis as a result of wearing these masks over the nasal bridge. These cases highlight the need for clinical vigilance in application of CPAP masks, the need for monitoring the skin of the nose during CPAP use and the possible need for modifications in design to help prevent this serious complication.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure / adverse effects*
  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure / instrumentation
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intensive Care Units
  • Male
  • Masks / adverse effects*
  • Nasal Bone
  • Necrosis
  • Postoperative Care
  • Pressure Ulcer / etiology*
  • Pressure Ulcer / pathology*