Right Ventricular Perforation Leading to Sudden Death Due to Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Canula Dislodgement

Cureus. 2023 May 18;15(5):e39177. doi: 10.7759/cureus.39177. eCollection 2023 May.


ECMO has been playing an increasingly important role in the management of coronavirus disease (COVID-19)-related acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). However, despite its potential benefits, high mortality rates are still being reported worldwide. Herein, we report the case of a 32-year-old male who presented with worsening shortness of breath secondary to COVID-19. Unfortunately, he experienced a sentinel event when the cannula became dislodged due to coughing, which led to a right ventricular perforation and sudden pulseless electrical activity (PEA) cardiac arrest.

Keywords: acute respiratory distress syndrome; complication; covid-19; extracorporeal membrane oxygenation; leading cardiac arrest; ventricular perforation.

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