Revista médica de Chile
versión impresa ISSN 0034-9887
CASTILLO F, Luis et al. Treatment of severe respiratory failure with cardiopulmonary extracorporeal assistance. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2002, vol.130, n.5, pp.545-550. ISSN 0034-9887. http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0034-98872002000500009.
Cardiopulmonary extracorporeal assistance is a high complexity procedure for patients with acute respiratory failure, who have failed conventional ventilatory support. A 30 years old female patient with bacterial endocarditis and congestive cardiac failure subjected to cardiac surgery presented severe hypoxemia, right heart failure and pulmonary hypertension, and failed conventional treatment. Cardiopulmonary support with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) reverted the pathophysiologic alterations allowing a successful recovery (Rev Méd Chile 2002; 130: 545-50)
Palabras clave : Cardiopulmonary resuscitation; distress syndrome, adult; Respiratory insufficiency.