Ventricular unloading with a miniature axial flow pump in combination with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation


ECMO for acute cardiorespiratory failure is an established therapeutic option. Persistent insufficient unloading of the left ventricle (LV) can compromise recovery of ventricular function. We decided to insert a miniature rotary blood pump (Impella) for decompression of the LV. In contrast to previous experience with this new device, where it was generally… (More)
DOI: 10.1007/s00134-005-0016-2


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