Bilateral otorrhagia associated with continuous positive airway pressure

Chest. 1988 Apr;93(4):878-9. doi: 10.1378/chest.93.4.878.


A patient had bilateral tympanic membrane rupture and otorrhagia, an unusual complication of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). CPAP, applied by a bag/mask system using disposable spring valves, was used to treat acute pulmonary edema during volume resuscitation and vasopressin therapy for bleeding from esophageal varices.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Cough
  • Ear Diseases / etiology*
  • Hemorrhage / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Positive-Pressure Respiration / adverse effects*
  • Rupture
  • Tympanic Membrane / injuries*