Oct 20, 2011

Life-threatening acute chest syndrome with hemolytic crisis in sickle cell disease. Treatment using a venovenous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)

Deutsche medizinische Wochenschrift
M HoffmannM Leschke


A 28-year-old male patient with sickle cell disease developed a vasoocclusive crisis with an acute chest syndrome and severe lung failure. After partial substitution transfusion the patient was successfully treated extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). After 12 days he was weaned from the ECMO, 2 days later the patient's tracheostoma was removed. 19 days after the event the patient had recovered completely and was moved to a hospital in Paris from where he came. Apparently data is sparse regarding the use of ECMO for treatment of a life-threatening acute chest syndrome in sickle cell disease. However, the therapy approach seems to be promising and is worth considering in this particular situation.

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Alveolar Ventilation Function
Thyroid Crisis
Acute Chest Syndrome
Cell Respiration
Hemolytic Crisis
Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation
Lung Diseases
Anemia, Sickle Cell
Entire Lung

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