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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 116-119

Noninvasive ventilation influenced the survival of extreme super-super obese with obesity hypoventilation syndrome

Intensive Care Unit, Aseer Central Hospital, Abha, Aseer Region, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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Mr. Omprakash Palanivel
Cardiorespiratory Therapist, Aseer Central Hospital, Abha, Aseer Region, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijrc.ijrc_33_19

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Recent studies conclude noninvasive ventilation (NIV) as a standard first-line therapy for any respiratory failure. The efficacy of NIV in obesity is well defined. In this context, the effectiveness of NIV in extreme super-super obese patients with obesity hypoventilation syndrome is not well studied, and the usage of NIV is controversial because of rare incidence. However, identifying the right patient, right timing, right clinical expertise, correct positions, and right appropriate NIV settings can produce positive results. Therefore, we present a unique case of a 32-year-old male weighing 283 kg, with body mass index >92 kg/m2 and carbon dioxide retention, whose symptoms were worsening despite adequate conventional treatment. He received continuous NIV for 70 h using a standard protocol with close monitoring. There was improvement in the patient vitals and medical condition with significant reduction in arterial carbon dioxide tension, leading to reduction in the length of intensive care unit stay and prevention of further complications. Long-term research is encouraged to validate NIV effectiveness in this group of patients.

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