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Pneumopericardium Associated With Face-Mask Continuous Positive Airway Pressure FREE TO VIEW

Robert C. McEachern; Rajesh G. Patel
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From the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Mississippi Medical Center, and VA Medical Center, Jackson, Miss.

1997 by the American College of Chest Physicians

Chest. 1997;112(5):1441-1443. doi:10.1378/chest.112.5.1441
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This is an uncommon case of a patient who developed pneumopericardium while being treated with face-mask continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) for hypoxic respiratory failure following a coronary artery bypass graft surgery. A pneumopericardium detected by chest radiograph resolved completely after discontinuation of face-mask CPAP. Possible mechanisms that may have been involved in this unusual complication are reviewed.




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