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Minerva Anestesiologica 2011 June;77(6):654-7

Copyright © 2011 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Cesarean section during ECMO support

Panarello G. 1, D’Ancona G. 1, Capitanio G. 1, Occhipinti G. 1, Attardo G. 2, Bertani A. 1, Arcadipane A. 1

1 Mediterranean Institute for Transplantation and Advanced Specialized Therapies (IsMeTT), Palermo, Italy; 2 Neonatology Unit, Civico and Benfratelli Hospital, Palermo, Italy


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This article presents the case of a pregnant woman affected by A/H1N1 flu progressed to ARDS requiring rescue therapy by VV ECMO. Due to the early gestational age, the patient was placed on ECMO before delivery. Four weeks after VV-ECMO placement, a Cesarean section was successfully performed while on ECMO support. One week after delivery, the patient was weaned from ECMO and at 8 weeks from admission she was discharged home without O2 support. The newborn is alive and was discharged at 40 days of age on neurological follow-up.

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