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Minerva Anestesiologica 2006 September;72(9):763-6

Copyright © 2006 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Successful cardiac and cerebral resuscitation with extracorporeal circulation and mild hypothermia

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


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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.

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