Korean J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg.  2010 Feb;43(1):96-99.

Sequential Bilateral Lung Transplantation with Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Support: A case report

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  • 1Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Korea. kwhanmien.kim@samsung.com

Abstract

Artificial lung support may be necessary in various conditions during the performance of bilateral lung transplantation, and cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) has usually been used. Yet using the conventional CPB techniques may increase risk of bleeding and early allograft dysfunction due to the large dosages of heparin and the complement activation. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is able to support gas exchange and maintain the hemodynamics without administering high-dose heparin for anticoagulation. We performed sequential bilateral lung transplantation with ECMO support. ECMO is a valuable tool when performing lung transplantation and it has the potential to replace CPB.

Keyword

Lung transplantation; Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation; Extracorporeal circulation
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