Positive pressure therapy

Clin Chest Med. 1998 Mar;19(1):55-68. doi: 10.1016/s0272-5231(05)70431-7.


Positive airway pressure in the treatment of obstructive sleep-disordered breathing (OSDB) is reviewed. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), bilevel positive airway pressure, and variable (auto-CPAP) pressure, their mechanisms of action, benefits, and complications are examined. A perspective on the future of positive airway pressure therapy for OSDB is provided.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Equipment Design
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Positive-Pressure Respiration / adverse effects
  • Positive-Pressure Respiration / instrumentation
  • Positive-Pressure Respiration / methods*
  • Sleep Apnea Syndromes / therapy*
  • Treatment Outcome