Decompression of the left atrium during extracorporeal membrane oxygenation using a transseptal cannula incorporated into the circuit.


OBJECTIVES When extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is used in the setting of severe myocardial dysfunction, left ventricular end-diastolic and left atrial pressure can rise to extremely high levels. Decompression of the left atrium in this setting is essential for resolution of pulmonary edema and recovery of left ventricular function. We sought to… (More)


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