[Treatment of severe respiratory failure with cardiopulmonary extracorporeal assistance. A clinical case]

Luis Castillo, Soledad Velasco, Manuel José Irarrázabal, Bernardita Garayar, Glenn Hernández, Samuel Córdova, Carlos Romero, Guillermo Bugedo
Revista Médica de Chile 2002, 130 (5): 545-50
Cardiopulmonary extracorporeal assistance is a high complexity procedure for patients with acute respiratory failure, who have failed conventional ventilatory support. A 30 years old female patient with bacterial endocarditis and congestive cardiac failure subjected to cardiac surgery presented severe hypoxemia, right heart failure and pulmonary hypertension, and failed conventional treatment. Cardiopulmonary support with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) reverted the pathophysiologic alterations allowing a successful recovery.

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