Successful Treatment of Refractory Hypoxemia Secondary to Disseminated Histoplasmosis Using Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Support

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Abstract

Refractory hypoxemia secondary to acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is associated with high mortality. Extracorporeal membraneoxygenation (ECMO) is an accepted strategy for treating refractory hypoxemia in patients with ARDS but is relatively contraindicated in the setting of systemic infections. We present a case of successful ECMO use in a host with refractory hypoxemia secondary to disseminated histoplasmosis with fungemia and discuss our management approach to this difficult patient.

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