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Successful administration of venovenous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation through the modified Blalock–Taussig operation in an infant with graft dysfunction after the Norwood procedure

Authors Kanao-Kanda M, Kunisawa T, Yamamoto K, Kanda H, Iwasaki H

Received 29 August 2015

Accepted for publication 10 September 2015

Published 13 October 2015 Volume 2015:11 Pages 1579—1580


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Editor who approved publication: Professor Garry Walsh

Megumi Kanao-Kanda, Takayuki Kunisawa, Kunihiko Yamamoto, Hirotsugu Kanda, Hiroshi Iwasaki

Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Asahikawa Medical University, Asahikawa, Hokkaido, Japan

Insufficient pulmonary blood flow through a right ventricle-to-pulmonary artery conduit following the Norwood procedure is remediable by adding a modified Blalock–Taussig shunt (MBTS).1 First, however, perioperative hypoxemia must be managed. Venovenous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VV-ECMO) is likely to be a useful method for respiratory support in such cases.2,3 We present the case of a 2-month-old patient with graft dysfunction after the Norwood procedure who underwent MBTS with VV-ECMO support.

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