Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) can be set up quickly at the bedside and provides reliable temporary mechanical circulatory support for severe heart failure. We report the case of a 56-year-old female with circulatory collapse due to sustained ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation (VT/Vf) after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) who was successfully resuscitated using ECMO. The sustained VT/Vf might have been secondary to myocardial stunning, ischemia, infarction, or reperfusion. There were 40 cardioversions within the first 5 postoperative days. The patient improved after 8 days of ECMO in addition to use of an intraaortic balloon pump and administration of inotropic agents for profound heart failure. Left ventricular ejection fraction improved from 28% preoperatively to 54.5% on the 20th postoperative day. Cardiogenic shock due to sustained VT/Vf after CABG may be an indication for ECMO support. Immediate establishment of circulatory support using ECMO provides valuable time for spontaneous and interventional correction of reversible causes of sustained VT/Vf.
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|Journal of the Formosan Medical Association
|已發佈 - 7月 10 2002
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