CPAP mask management of varicella-induced respiratory failure

Chest. 1993 Jun;103(6):1894-5. doi: 10.1378/chest.103.6.1894.


Pneumonia is a complication of primary varicella infection that occurs most commonly in adults and may lead to life-threatening respiratory failure. We report a case of varicella pneumonia with impending respiratory failure in which endotracheal intubation was averted by the use of CPAP mask ventilation with a favorable outcome.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Chickenpox / complications*
  • Humans
  • Lung / diagnostic imaging
  • Male
  • Pneumonia, Viral / complications*
  • Pneumonia, Viral / diagnostic imaging
  • Pneumonia, Viral / microbiology
  • Positive-Pressure Respiration*
  • Radiography
  • Respiratory Insufficiency / etiology
  • Respiratory Insufficiency / therapy*