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Two different endoscopic procedures made feasible by the Janus mask in a high-risk patient

Paolo Beccaria, Carmine Votta, Luca Lucchetta, Simona Silvetti, Massimo Agostoni, Alberto Zangrillo

Keywords : Acute respiratory failure, fiber-optic bronchoscopy, intensive care, noninvasive ventilation, upper endoscopy

Citation Information : Beccaria P, Votta C, Lucchetta L, Silvetti S, Agostoni M, Zangrillo A. Two different endoscopic procedures made feasible by the Janus mask in a high-risk patient. Indian J Crit Care Med 2017; 21 (9):613-615.

DOI: 10.4103/ijccm.IJCCM_188_17

License: CC BY-ND 3.0

Published Online: 01-12-2016

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2017; The Author(s).


The Janus mask is a full face mask designed for providing noninvasive ventilation (NIV) during any kind of upper endoscopies (e.g., fiber-optic bronchoscopy, gastrointestinal endoscopy, and transesophageal echocardiography). Due to its unique conformation, its use can be considered for both elective and urgent endoscopic procedures in high-risk patients. In this case report, we present a patient with acute respiratory failure who underwent two consecutive different endoscopic procedures (fiber-optic bronchoscopy and gastrointestinal endoscopy) during continuous positive airway pressure support by means of this novel NIV mask, thus avoiding tracheal intubation and at the same time, improving his respiratory condition.

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