Role of non-invasive ventilation in difficult-to-wean children with acute neuromuscular disease

Venu Gopal Reddy, M. P. Nair, F. Bataclan

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Weaning from mechanical ventilation in children could be time-consuming and on many occasions, leads to reintubation with its associate complications. We report two children with acute neuromuscular disease, in whom bi-level positive airway pressure (BiPAP) as a mode of non-invasive ventilation was successfully used to wean the child from ventilators and prevented the need for tracheostomy. Despite the limited number of studies published in the literature suggesting BiPAP as a mode of weaning from mechanical ventilation, the technique when applied correctly seems to be safe and effective in weaning and avoiding tracheostomy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)232-234
Number of pages3
JournalSingapore medical journal
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2004


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  • Medicine(all)

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