Successful treatment of severe neonatal lobar emphysema by high‐frequency oscillatory ventilation

Christina Kohlhauser, Christian Popow, Thomas Helbich, Michael Hermon, Manfred Weninger, Christian J. Herold

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We successfully used high‐frequency oscillatory ventilation (HFOV) for treating severe acquired lobar emphysema in two premature newborn infants (birth weights, 1,450 and 1,300 g). After successful weaning from mechanical ventilation for hyaline membrane disease, they needed additional ventilatory support because they developed severe lobar emphysema compressing the residual lung. In both patients, radiographic signs of lobar emphysema disappeared completely after 3 days of HFOV. Diagnosis and follow‐up were confirmed by high‐resolution computed tomography. We conclude that HFOV may be a useful noninvasive method for treating severe lobar emphysema. © 1995 Wiley‐Liss, Inc.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)52-55
Number of pages4
JournalPediatric pulmonology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1995
Externally publishedYes


  • Lobar emphysema
  • neonatal high‐frequency oscillatory ventilation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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