Supportive Therapy: Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation

Vanessa M. Bazan, Peter Rodgers-Fischl, Joseph B. Zwischenberger

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Acute high-risk pulmonary embolism (PE) is characterized by life-threatening hemodynamic instability that may lead to refractory cardiac arrest. Recently, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) has been used to provide primary cardiopulmonary support for select high-risk PE patients or before surgical embolectomy. This article reviews the growing body of literature regarding ECMO support of acute high-risk PE.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)517-529
Number of pages13
JournalCritical Care Clinics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2020

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  • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)
  • Hemodynamic instability
  • Pulmonary embolism (PE)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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