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formerly Central European Journal of Medicine

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Volume 8, Issue 5


Volume 10 (2015)

Application of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in severe ARDS secondary to pneumonia: a case report

Xi-Hong Zhang / Rui-Xia Xiu / Tie-Jun Wu / Xiu-Li Zou / Long-Le Ma / Le-Xin Wang
  • Department of Cardiology, Liaocheng People’s Hospital, Liaocheng, P.R. China
  • School of Biomedical Sciences, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, Australia
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Published Online: 2013-09-18 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s11536-013-0211-4


This report describes a 24-year-old patient with marked and continuous hypoxemia resulting from severe acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) secondary to pneumonia, which in turn was refractory to mechanical ventilation and other conventional adjunctive therapies. Veno-venous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) was applied for 14 days and resulted in significant improvement in the hypoxemia. We conclude that ECMO presents a therapeutic option for ARDS patients who fail to respond to conventional mechanical ventilation.

Keywords: Pneumonia; Acute respiratory distress syndrome; Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation

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Published Online: 2013-09-18

Published in Print: 2013-10-01

Citation Information: Open Medicine, Volume 8, Issue 5, Pages 658–661, ISSN (Online) 2391-5463, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s11536-013-0211-4.

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