[Paediatric mechanical cardiac assistance].


The mechanical cardiac assistance, once limited only to the adult patients, is now progressively extended to the paediatric population, including neonates. Currently for children with cardiorespiratory insufficiency requiring for a mechanical assistance there are available several options: Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump, Extra-Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) et le Ventricular Assist Device. From April 1999 in our Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at CHUV 8 children, including 4 neonates, have been treated with ECMO. Indications, contra-indications, advantages, disadvantages, results and complications of the available options of paediatric mechanical cardiac assistance are described.

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@article{Corno2002PaediatricMC, title={[Paediatric mechanical cardiac assistance].}, author={Antonio Francesco Corno and Judith Horisberger and Yves Boone and David Jegger and Isabelle Seigneul and Gerard Suatton and Ludwig Karl von Segesser}, journal={Revue médicale de la Suisse romande}, year={2002}, volume={122 3}, pages={137-40} }