Prolonged Venovenous Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation in a Patient With Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

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Abstract

A 30 year-old Hispanic man with no significant previous medical history presented with refractory hypoxemia after flu-like symptoms. Because of progressive hypoxemia despite appropriate ventilator strategies, venovenous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VV-ECMO) was initiated for severe acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). His course was complicated at our hospital by subarachnoid hemorrhage, right ventricular failure, multiple pneumothoraces, and significant deconditioning. He was able to be weaned off VV-ECMO after 193 days and was ambulatory at discharge from the hospital.

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