Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation combined with endovascular embolization for management of neonatal high-output cardiac failure secondary to intracranial arteriovenous fistula. Case report.

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  • The authors describe a novel approach to the management of high-output heart failure secondary to an intracranial high-flow dural arteriovenous fistula (DAVF) by using extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). To the best of the authors' knowledge, this represents the first report of an embolization performed in conjunction with the use of an ECMO circuit and the first report in which an ECMO cannula was used for intraarterial access for cerebral angiography. A 2-day-old girl presented with severe, high-output heart failure secondary to a high-flow intracranial DAVF. The patient was neurologically intact and no brain parenchymal abnormalities were revealed on computerized tomography scanning of the head, but she suffered severe heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, and liver and renal dysfunction. The patient underwent three endovascular embolization procedures involving coils and liquid embolic agents. Despite a decrease in the DAVF flow, the patient had only transient improvement in her pulmonary hypertension, and venoarterial ECMO therapy was instituted. Another embolization was performed while the patient was receiving ECMO therapy. Her cardiovascular status improved, she was weaned from ECMO, and she was eventually discharged home to her family. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation can be used to sustain severely ill neonates with high-output heart failure secondary to intracranial AVFs. Embolization can be performed while the patient is receiving ECMO therapy.
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  • Angiography, Digital Subtraction, Central Nervous System Vascular Malformations, Cerebral Angiography, Combined Modality Therapy, Embolization, Therapeutic, Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation, Female, Heart Failure, Humans, Hypertension, Pulmonary, Infant, Newborn, Retreatment
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    Author List

  • Burry M; Reig AS; Beierle EA; Chen MK; Mericle RA
  • Start Page

  • 197
  • End Page

  • 200
  • Volume

  • 100
  • Issue

  • 2 Suppl Pediatrics