Korean J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg.  2010 Apr;43(2):168-171.

Veno-venous Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation with a Double Lumen Catheter for Pediatric Pulmonary Support

  • 1Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Korea. bestsurgeon@gmail.com
  • 2Department of Pediatrics, Sansung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Korea.


The number of cases of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) has rapidly increased all over Korea since the introduction of peripheral cannulation catheters. However, the application of ECMO to children has been limited due to the shortage of pediatric equipment and difficulty in maintaining an ECMO system with peripheral cannulation. For this reason, there have been only few reports of pediatric ECMO in Korea, and most of them pertained to the veno-arterial type ECMO for supporting the cardiac system in postcardiotomy patients. We report here on the successfully performing veno-venous ECMO, with using a double lumen percutaneous catheter, in a child with acute respiratory distress syndrome.


Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation; Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS); Child
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