Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation after blunt trauma: when? how?

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Özbey M. , Ergül D. F.

Current Thoracic Surgery, vol.6, no.1, pp.39-43, 2021 (Other Refereed National Journals)

  • Publication Type: Article / Case Report
  • Volume: 6 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.26663/cts.2021.0008
  • Title of Journal : Current Thoracic Surgery
  • Page Numbers: pp.39-43


In patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), mechanical ventilators (MV) are still key devices in the treatment. However, in cases where MV remains insufficient, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is the most important treatment modality. Venovenous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VV-ECMO) was applied to a 42-year-old female patient due to ARDS developed after an in-car traffic accident, and it was successfully terminated. The case was presented to discuss the management of MV and ECMO in patients with ARDS developed after blunt trauma in the light of current literature.