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Extracorporeal membrane oxigenation ECMO

W J Gomes, V Forte, J A Perfeito, J S Ota, C E Bueno, G A Amarante, J A Bertuccez, E Buffolo
A 42 year-old woman with terminal chronic lung disease underwent to left lung transplantation. Extracorporeal membrane oxigenation (ECMO) was required because dysfunction of transplanted organ occurred and was non-responsive to conventional therapy. The time of assistance was 47 hours and after this, the dysfunction of the transplanted lung reversed and the patient was weaned from the oxigenator. During hospital stay, she developed sepsis and died. In conclusion, ECMO was decisive to the treatment of pulmonary dysfunction, allowing time to the resolution of lung lesion...
October 1994: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
A Pavie, C Muneretto, M Aupart, G Rabago, P Leger, G Tedy, V Bors, I Gandjbakhch, C Cabrol
In an attempt to identify current indications and patient selection criteria for the use of mechanical circulatory support, we reviewed our experience in 83 patients who received a total artificial heart (TAH; n = 43), ventricular assist device (VAD) (n = 13), centrifugal pump (n = 17) or extracorporeal membrane oxigenation (ECMO) (n = 8) as a bridge to transplantation (Group I, n = 50) or for recovery from heart failure (Group II, n = 33). Comparing patients successfully transplanted (n = 20) or weaned (n = 9) who survived initial hospitalization, and those who died on mechanical support, there were no differences in preoperative renal, hepatic or pulmonary functions...
May 1991: International Journal of Artificial Organs
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