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Int Wound J. 2013 Feb;10(1):87-90. doi: 10.1111/j.1742-481X.2012.00948.x. Epub 2012 Mar 20.

A case series of skin necrosis following use of non invasive ventilation pressure masks.

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Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, City General Hospital, UHNS, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, UK. zeeshan.ahmad@nhs.net

Abstract

Two cases of nasal skin necrosis secondary to pressure from the use of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) face masks are presented. Both developed skin necrosis as a result of wearing these masks over the nasal bridge. These cases highlight the need for clinical vigilance in application of CPAP masks, the need for monitoring the skin of the nose during CPAP use and the possible need for modifications in design to help prevent this serious complication.

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