ECMO-assisted esophagectomy after left pneumonectomy.

@article{Xu2013ECMOassistedEA,
  title={ECMO-assisted esophagectomy after left pneumonectomy.},
  author={Hai Chao Xu and Peng Ye and Fei Chao Bao and Hui Pan and Yun Hai Yang and Lu Wang and Zhi Wang and Zhou Bin Li and Zhe He and Wei Han and Yong Qing Wang and Jian Hu},
  journal={The International journal of artificial organs},
  year={2013},
  volume={36 4},
  pages={259-62}
}
BACKGROUND Esophagectomy after pneumonectomy has been rarely reported, mainly due to the technical difficulty in performing this surgical approach. Conventional intubation to the contralateral respiratory passage is technically challenging, while the homolateral respiratory tract is absent, making oxygenation impossible. METHODS To overcome this problem, we used venoarterial (VA) extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) which can help achieve gas exchange despite the collapsed lung and… CONTINUE READING

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