J Thorac Dis 2013 Feb;5(1):97-100
Respiratory Intensive Care Unit, Yedikule Teaching Hospital for Pulmonology and Thoracic Surgery, Istanbul, Turkey.
The use of non-invasive mechanical ventilation (NIV) during an asthma attack is controversial. We report a case of a 28-year-old female patient in her 16th week of pregnancy with community-acquired pneumonia who presented during an asthma attack, which led to hypoxic respiratory failure. She was successfully treated using NIV. This case is worth discussing as it includes two clinical conditions in which NIV is often considered contraindicated.