Chest high-frequency oscillatory treatment for severe atelectasis in a patient with toxic epidermal necrolysis

Shiara Ortiz-Pujols, Laura A. Boschini, Cristine Klatt-Cromwell, Kathy A. Short, James Hwang, Bruce A. Cairns, Samuel W. Jones

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    Abstract

    Atelectasis is a significant risk factor for the development of pneumonia, especially in pediatric populations more prone to alveolar collapse or those who may have weakened muscular tone. The Metaneb system is a pneumatic, noninvasive physiotherapy technique that delivers chest high-frequency oscillations. Chest high-frequency oscillations have been shown to enhance mucociliary clearance of secretions and help resolve patchy atelectasis. This report describes the case of a 17-year-old female patient who developed significant left-sided atelectasis after extubation and was effectively managed with complete resolution of her atelectasis with the Metaneb system, obviating the need for reintubation.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)e112-e115
    JournalJournal of Burn Care and Research
    Volume34
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Mar 2013

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