Critical Care and Shock

Airway Pressure Release Ventilation (APRV) for the Treatment of Severe Life-Threatening ARDS in a Morbidly Obese Patient

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Airway pressure release ventilation (APRV) is a novel mode of positive pressure ventilation that has a number of advantages over low-tidal volume, assist-control ventilation in patients with the acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). APRV may have particular utility in morbidly obese patients with respiratory failure. We report a case of a morbidly obese patient who developed aspiration pneumonitis and severe life threatening ARDS who was successfully managed with APRV.