Peripheral femoral venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation as bridge to heart-lung transplant omne iter incipit primus

Academic Article


  • Heart-lung transplant (HLT) is a widely accepted modality for certain patients with advanced and refractory cardiopulmonary disease. Some of these patients are critically ill on the transplant waiting list, and venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA-ECMO) can be used as a bridge to transplantation. Although the experience with ECMO as a bridge to lung transplant is promising, there is limited evidence to use ECMO as a bridge to HLT. Femoral cannulation remains a concern for ambulation given the risk of bleeding and cannula complications despite studies reporting its safety. We present a case of a 56-year-old male with interstitial lung disease and severe secondary pulmonary hypertension, who was successfully bridged to HLT with ambulatory femoral VA-ECMO.
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  • Orozco-Hernandez EJ; Melnikoff B; Lusby M; Tallaj J; Hoopes CW
  • Start Page

  • 2077
  • End Page

  • 2080
  • Volume

  • 35
  • Issue

  • 8