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Prone Positioning to Improve Oxygenation on VV-ECMO after Pulmonary Endarterectomy

Girish I Ramagondawar, Sanjay O Patangi

Keywords : Acute respiratory distress syndrome, Case report, Prone ventilation, Pulmonary endarterectomy, Pulmonary hemorrhage, Venovenous

Citation Information : Ramagondawar GI, Patangi SO. Prone Positioning to Improve Oxygenation on VV-ECMO after Pulmonary Endarterectomy. 2023; 2 (1):26-29.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10089-0061

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 23-08-2023

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2023; The Author(s).


Patients on venovenous extracorporeal membrane oxygenator (VV-ECMO) can develop refractory hypoxemia, and various rescue measures are available. We present two cases of refractory hypoxemia noted postoperatively (post-op) due to reperfusion injury associated with pulmonary hemorrhage. These patients were supported with VV-ECMO and received prone ventilation (PV) due to refractory hypoxia. We noted an improvement in oxygenation with PV, which facilitated lung recruitment and successful weaning from VV-ECMO.

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