Emergency interventional lung assist for pulmonary hypertension

Anesth Analg. 2009 Aug;109(2):382-5. doi: 10.1213/ane.0b013e3181ac5461.


We present a 15-yr-old-girl who underwent interventional lung assist via Novalung (Novalung GmbH, Lotzenaecker, Heckingen, Germany) insertion as a bridge to bilateral lung transplantation for pulmonary veno-occlusive disease. This is the first pediatric and smallest patient to receive the device. Central cannulation was chosen to optimize blood flow through the device by enabling larger-sized cannulae in a patient with high pulmonary artery pressure. Novalung provided circulatory support with oxygenation obviating the need for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation while waiting for lung transplantation.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Artificial Organs*
  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypertension, Pulmonary / etiology
  • Hypertension, Pulmonary / therapy*
  • Lung Transplantation
  • Lung*
  • Pulmonary Circulation
  • Pulmonary Veno-Occlusive Disease / complications
  • Pulmonary Veno-Occlusive Disease / surgery
  • Pulmonary Veno-Occlusive Disease / therapy*
  • Respiration, Artificial*
  • Ultrasonography
  • Ventricular Dysfunction, Right / complications
  • Ventricular Dysfunction, Right / diagnostic imaging