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Massive PE with Intra-hospital Cardiac Arrest and Full Recovery of RV Function after vaECMO

Massive PE with Intra-hospital Cardiac Arrest and Full Recovery of RV Function after vaECMO

The concept of vaECMO treatment alone might be a valuable alternative in selected patients with massive PE and cardiogenic shock, in whom thrombolytic therapy might not unload the RV fast enough.

We present a case of a patient with massive bilateral central PE who presented in cardiogenic shock, rapidly deteriorating to cardiac arrest. After successful re-establishing spontaneous circulation, the patient remained highly unstable, necessitating a treatment strategy ensuring a quick stabilization of the circulation.

Therefore, we decided to use veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (vaECMO) as a supportive strategy allowing for autolysis of the lung to dissolve the thrombi (bridge to recovery).

We were able to wean the patient from vaECMO support within 4 days and documented a complete recovery of right ventricular in echocardiography before hospital discharge.

CriticalCare.news
August 4, 2020

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