Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation as a bridge to definitive tracheal surgery in children

J Pediatr. 1996 Mar;128(3):386-8. doi: 10.1016/s0022-3476(96)70289-5.


Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation was used as a bridge for three infants with complicated long segment congenital tracheal stenosis to tracheal homograft transplantation with cadaveric tracheal homograft and for one child, with an extensive traumatic tracheal laceration caused by aspiration of a sharp foreign body, to definitive tracheal repair. In all four cases mechanical ventilation was impossible and death almost certain without extracorporeal membrane oxygenation.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Cadaver
  • Catheterization
  • Contraindications
  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation*
  • Foreign Bodies / complications
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Postoperative Complications / therapy
  • Respiration, Artificial
  • Time Factors
  • Trachea / injuries
  • Trachea / transplantation
  • Tracheal Stenosis / congenital
  • Tracheal Stenosis / etiology
  • Tracheal Stenosis / surgery*
  • Tracheal Stenosis / therapy