Pulmonary edema and acute hypercapnic respiratory failure treated with bi-level nasal-CPAP: case report

Panminerva Med. 1997 Mar;39(1):53-5.


Noninvasive mechanical ventilation has been suggested for the treatment of patients with respiratory failure. We describe the case of a patient affected by bilateral cystic bronchiectasis and acute hypercapnic respiratory failure, due to a cardiogenic pulmonary edema, successfully treated with bi-level nasal-CPAP. This report suggests that in some cases noninvasive ventilatory support may mean avoiding tracheal intubation, even with critically ill patients.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Aged
  • Humans
  • Hypercapnia / therapy*
  • Male
  • Positive-Pressure Respiration*
  • Pulmonary Edema / therapy*
  • Respiratory Insufficiency / therapy*