Electrical impedance tomography reveals pathophysiology of neonatal pneumothorax during NAVA

Kallio, Merja ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0799-344X, Rahtu, Marika, van Kaam, Anton, Bayford, Richard ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8863-6385, Rimensberger, Peter C. and Frerichs, Inez (2020) Electrical impedance tomography reveals pathophysiology of neonatal pneumothorax during NAVA. Clinical Case Reports, 8 (8) . pp. 1574-1578. ISSN 2050-0904 [Article] (doi:10.1002/ccr3.2944)

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Pneumothorax is a potentially life‐threatening complication of neonatal respiratory distress syndrome (RDS). We describe a case of a tension pneumothorax that occurred during neurally adjusted ventilatory assist (NAVA) in a preterm infant suffering from RDS. The infant was included in a multicenter study examining the role of electrical impedance tomography (EIT) in intensive care and therefore continuously monitored with this imaging method. The attending physicians were blinded for EIT findings but offline analysis revealed the potential of EIT to clarify the underlying cause of this complication, which in this case was heterogeneous lung disease resulting in uneven ventilation distribution. Instantaneous increase in end‐expiratory lung impedance on the affected side was observed at time of the air leak. Real‐time bedside availability of EIT data could have modified the treatment decisions made.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): electrical impedance tomography (EIT), neonate, neurally adjusted ventilatory assist, pneumothorax, respiratory distress syndrome (RDS)
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Natural Sciences > Biophysics and Bioengineering group
Item ID: 30307
Notes on copyright: © 2020 The Authors. Clinical Case Reports published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd
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Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2020 10:21
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2022 09:56
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/30307

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