Application of non-invasive mechanical ventilation in an asthmatic pregnant woman in respiratory failure: a case report

J Thorac Dis. 2013 Feb;5(1):97-100. doi: 10.3978/j.issn.2072-1439.2012.12.08.


The use of non-invasive mechanical ventilation (NIV) during an asthma attack is controversial. We report a case of a 28-year-old female patient in her 16th week of pregnancy with community-acquired pneumonia who presented during an asthma attack, which led to hypoxic respiratory failure. She was successfully treated using NIV. This case is worth discussing as it includes two clinical conditions in which NIV is often considered contraindicated.

Keywords: Mechanical ventilation; pregnant; respiratory failure; severe asthma.

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  • Case Reports