Intraoperative Venovenous Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation During Thoracic Surgery That Requires 1-Lung Ventilation: A Case Report

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We report 3 cases of thoracic surgery that required 1-lung ventilation where venovenous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation was prophylactically used because severe hypoxemia and ventilatory failure were anticipated intraoperatively. The surgery was successfully completed in all 3 cases. However, we had to withdraw the extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support in 1 case because of uncontrollable hemorrhage. Venovenous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation is a feasible option when severe hypoxemia and/or ventilatory failure is anticipated during 1-lung ventilation.

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