Left ventricular decompression during peripheral extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support with the use of the novel iVAC pulsatile paracorporeal assist device.

@article{Anastasiadis2011LeftVD,
  title={Left ventricular decompression during peripheral extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support with the use of the novel iVAC pulsatile paracorporeal assist device.},
  author={Kyriakos H. Anastasiadis and Omiros Chalvatzoulis and Polychronis Antonitsis and Paschalis Tossios and Christos G. Papakonstantinou},
  journal={The Annals of thoracic surgery},
  year={2011},
  volume={92 6},
  pages={
          2257-9
        }
}
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) has become a widely accepted short-term mechanical circulatory support device in patients with refractory cardiogenic shock. A major drawback of the peripheral venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation is that in patients with profoundly reduced left ventricular contractility associated with high left-heart filling pressure, there is always concern for venting the failing ventricle. We describe a minimally invasive technique for decompressing… CONTINUE READING
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