Extracorporeal life support for massive pulmonary embolism during pregnancy

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Massive pulmonary embolism is a leading cause of death during pregnancy. While the prevention of thromboembolic disease during the peripartum period is codified, there is no consensus regarding its treatment. We report two cases of pregnant women who had massive pulmonary embolisms (PE) and shock treated with veno-arterial extracorporeal life support (ECLS) and heparin therapy.Haemodynamic and oxygenation parameters were rapidly restored. The patients completely recovered and the pregnancies continued. The patients did not develop pulmonary hypertension. ECLS can be considered as a successful treatment option of massive pulmonary embolism during pregnancy.

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