Extracorporeal therapies in the treatment of sepsis: experience and promise.

@article{Fortenberry2006ExtracorporealTI,
  title={Extracorporeal therapies in the treatment of sepsis: experience and promise.},
  author={J. Dennis Fortenberry and Matthew L. Paden},
  journal={Seminars in pediatric infectious diseases},
  year={2006},
  volume={17 2},
  pages={72-9}
}
Desire to restore the balance of body elements has enamored physicians since the ancient practice of bloodletting. More recently, extracorporeal techniques have been employed in both adults and children in treating sepsis. Extracorporeal therapies include continuous renal replacement (CRRT), plasma-based removal techniques, and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). These treatments could theoretically 1) provide immunohomeostasis of pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines and other sepsis… CONTINUE READING