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Use of continuous positive airway pressure in the management of community acquired pneumonia.
  1. A Brett,
  2. D G Sinclair
  1. Cambridge Military Hospital, Aldershot, Hampshire.


    Three cases of severe community acquired pneumonia requiring ventilatory support are presented. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) applied via a tightly fitting face mask was used and was successful in two cases; the third required intermittent positive pressure ventilation. More extensive use of CPAP in these circumstances should be considered.

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