Venovenous ECMO for congenital diaphragmatic hernia: Role of ductal patency and lung recruitment

Andrea Moscatelli, Stefano Pezzato, Gianluca Lista, Lara Petrucci, Silvia Buratti, Elio Castagnola, Pietro Tuo

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We report a case of antenatally diagnosed left-sided congenital diaphragmatic hernia, managed on venovenous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation with an hemodynamic and ventilation strategy aimed at preventing left and right ventricular dysfunction. Keeping the ductus arteriosus open with prostaglandin infusion and optimizing lung recruitment were effective in achieving hemodynamic stabilization and an ideal systemic oxygen delivery. The patient was discharged from the hospital and had normal development at 1 year of age. The combination of ductal patency and lung recruitment has not been previously reported as a strategy to stabilize congenital diaphragmatic hernia patients undergoing venovenous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. We believe that this approach may deserve further evaluation in prospective studies.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere20161034
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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