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Online ISSN 1827-1596
Arnaoutoglou H. 1, Petrou A. 1, Tefa L. 2, Drossos G. 2, Matsagas M. 3, Papadopoulos G. 1
1 Department of Anesthesia and Postoperative Intensive Care University of Ioannina Medical School Ioannina, Greece
2 Department of Cardiac Surgery University of Ioannina Medical School Ioannina, Greece
3 Department of Surgery University of Ioannina Medical School Ioannina, Greece
Extracorporeal circulation could be effective for cardiac resuscitation in patients who do not respond to “Advanced cardiac life support” (ACLS), but cannot guarantee brain survival. A case of successful cardiac and cerebral resuscitation with extracorporeal circulation and mild hypothermia, in a 48 year-old man with cardiac arrest due to cardiac tamponade, is reported. The good long term neurologic outcome of the patient is also described.