Veno-Arterial ECMO in the Setting of Post-Infarct Ventricular Septal Defect: A Bridge to Surgical Repair

Aden McLaughlin, David McGiffin, James Winearls, Peter Tesar, Christopher Cole, Michael Vallely, Andrew Clarke, John Fraser

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Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a complex rescue therapy utilised to provide circulatory and/or respiratory support to critically ill patients who have failed maximal conventional therapy. The use of ECMO in adult cardiac surgery is not routine, occurring in a minority of critically ill patients, typically postoperatively. Presented here are three cases of post-infarct ventricular septal defect with cardiogenic shock managed preoperatively with ECMO support as a bridge to definitive surgical closure. We present a review of ECMO in the adult cardiac surgical population and highlight the potential role of preoperative ECMO for cardiogenic shock in the setting of post-infarct ventricular septal defect (PI VSD) as a bridge to definitive closure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1063-1066
Number of pages4
JournalHeart Lung and Circulation
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • ECMO
  • Post-infarct ventricular septal defect

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