Surgical rescue for life-threatening hypoxemia caused by a mediastinal tumor.


We recently encountered a patient with a large anterior mediastinal tumor who developed severe hypoxemia during general anesthesia. This life-threatening hypoxemia was treated by extracorporeal membrane oxygenation using emergent percutaneous cardiopulmonary support followed by extirpation of the tumor. We found that total arteriovenous shunt resulting from… (More)


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