Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is an effective way to treat near fatal asthma, but physicians must remember the risk of complications, according to an abstract on a study scheduled to be presented at CHEST 2017.
The study covers a retrospective analysis of 371 children with asthma who were treated with ECMO; it used data collected by the
About 80% of children experienced at least one complication, with 20% experiencing three or more. Children who had three or more complications were significantly less likely to experience lung recovery.
Of the children who received VV cannulation, 90% experienced lung recovery, whereas only 69% of children who received VA cannulation recovered. (P less than .0001). VA cannulation was also associated with a higher risk of neurological complications, while those who received VV cannulation were significantly more likely to survive.
The abstract is scheduled to be presented on Sunday Oct. 29 from 2:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. in Room 603 of Toronto Convention Centre South Building as part of the Acute Lung Injury & Respiratory Failure session, which will run from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.