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Case Report Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation as a Rescue Therapy in a Patient with Non-Iatrogenic Massive Hemoptysis
Jong Hoo Lee, Su Wan Kim, Yee Hyung Kim

DOI: https://doi.org/10.4266/kjccm.2013.28.3.225
1Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Jeju National University Hospital, Jeju National University School of Medicine, Jeju, Korea.
2Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Jeju National University Hospital, Jeju National University School of Medicine, Jeju, Korea.
3Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Kyung Hee University Hospital at Gangdong, Kyung Hee University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. lovlet@paran.com
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Despite the advanced technologies of intensive care, massive hemoptysis can still cause death in a small subset of patients. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is expected to provide adequate gas exchange, to reduce ventilator-induced lung injuries, and to eventually improve outcomes in these patients. Also, the instability of vital signs due to hemoptysis makes it impossible to perform immediate interventional procedures such as embolization and resectional surgery. In these cases, ECMO may be instituted as a bridge therapy. Herein, we describe the detailed course of our case, with the hopes of helping physicians to decide when to initiate ECMO in patients with massive hemoptysis.


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