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Prolonged extracorporeal membrane oxygenation as a bridge to cardiac transplantation

Authors
Journal
The Annals of Thoracic Surgery
0003-4975
Publisher
Elsevier
Volume
69
Issue
3
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0003-4975(99)01362-4
Disciplines
  • Medicine

Abstract

Abstract Cardiac transplantation provides the best option for neonates with congenital heart disease that is not amenable to surgical repair or palliation. The scarcity of suitable organs for this group has resulted in prolonged waiting times; many infants die awaiting transplantation. We present the case of a newborn with severe Ebstein’s anomaly and low cardiac output who was supported with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for 1,126 hours, until an appropriate organ became available.

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