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Successful management of fulminant pulmonary embolism using a novel portable extracorporeal life support system.
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PMID:  21440158     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
A 46-year-old man presented to the emergency room with pain in his left leg, dyspnea, and general cyanosis. During examination he collapsed and required resuscitation. Under suspicion of pulmonary embolism, a new portable "click 'n run" extracorporeal life support system (LIFEBRIDGE-B(2)T [Medizintechnik AG, Ampfing, Germany]) was implanted by the femoral vessels under resuscitation within 15 minutes of presentation. The patient was stabilized, despite severe decompensation (pH, 6.8), and could be transferred for a computed tomographic scan, which confirmed massive pulmonary embolism. Still connected to the life support system, the patient was transferred to the operating room. After a pulmonary thrombectomy was performed, the patient recovered without any organ dysfunction. A portable emergency extracorporeal life support may change clinical practice in the treatment of patients with severe hemodynamic deterioration at emergency care hospitals.
Lars O Conzelmann; Uwe Mehlhorn; Ernst Weigang; Nalan Kayhan; Christian F Vahl
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Annals of thoracic surgery     Volume:  91     ISSN:  1552-6259     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. Thorac. Surg.     Publication Date:  2011 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-03-28     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  15030100R     Medline TA:  Ann Thorac Surg     Country:  Netherlands    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1265-7     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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Copyright © 2011 The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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