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

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  • 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. Copyright © 2013 by the American Burn Association.
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  • Ortiz-Pujols S; Boschini LA; Klatt-Cromwell C; Short KA; Hwang J; Cairns BA; Jones SW
  • Volume

  • 34
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  • 2