Several transplant centers consider pretransplant extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) as a contraindication for lung transplantation because of the poor outcomes. However, some technical improvements have changed the scenario; there is increasing evidence of ECMO efficacy as a bridge to lung transplantation. This report describes the successful use of venovenous ECMO as a bridge to an urgent bilateral lung transplantation and as treatment for primary graft dysfunction in a case of hyperacute pulmonary fibrosis in a 58-year-old man. Our experience demonstrated that ECMO, using Quadrox, supported respiratory functions for 28 days without any detrimental effects, serving as a successfully bridge to urgent lung transplantation.
|Number of pages||2|
|Publication status||Published - May 2009|
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