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Dr. Clara Song
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Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (Overview)

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a procedure for getting oxygen into the blood without using the lungs.


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How does ecmo work to fix hyaline membrane disease?

How does ecmo work to fix hyaline membrane disease?

Lung 'rest': Hyaline membrane disease (hmd) or neonatal respiratory distress syndrome (rds) is usually a disease of premature babies which may limit the feasibility of ecmo (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) in certain patients. But, if the child is a candidate for and receives ecmo, the lungs are given a period of time to recover while the machine provides oxygen to and clears carbon dioxide from the body. ...Read more

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Dr. Clara Song
599 doctors shared insights

Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (Overview)

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a procedure for getting oxygen into the blood without using the lungs.


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What to do if I have a question about ecmo.?

ECMO: IS a procedure that uses a machine to take over the work of the lungs. Kind of complicated using oxygenation outside of the body. ...Read more

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I've heard there is a time limit that babies can be kept on a ecmo machine. Why and what do they do then?

I've heard there is a time limit that babies can be kept on a ecmo machine. Why and what do they do then?

ECMO: Typically one week is the time babies are on ecmo. Hopefully by that time lungs have recovered from the baselin insult or heart condition in improved or coerrected. Babies are slowly weaned from the ecmo support daily. While ecmo, babies are heparinised which can have significant possible complications. ...Read more

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Under what circumstances is ecmo used for newborns? When is ecmo used, and how long do babies typically need it for?

Many conditions: There are many conditions for which ecmo is used. Some of the more common ones are very low oxygen levels due to immature lungs or meconium aspiration (when baby inhales their own poop before they are born) or heart disease from abnormal anatomy/development. ...Read more

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How well does ecmo work for ivh?

How well does ecmo work for ivh?

Contraindicated: Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ecmo) is contraindicated in cases of severe intracranial or intraventricular hemorrhage (ivh). During ecmo, anti-coagulation therapy (blood thinning) is necessary which can worsen this condition. ...Read more

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Has anyone out there had a child go onto ecmo? For what reason?

Has anyone out there had a child go onto ecmo? For what reason?

ECMO: Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation can be thought of as a longer term cardiopulmonary bypass machine. Strict criteria has to be met before physicians (surgeons and icu) even consider placing a child on ecmo. These include reversible lung injury, no lethal malformations, no major untreatable cardiac malformation, and most importantly - failure of maximal medical therapy. ...Read more

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How long can a baby live on ecmo machine?

How long can a baby live on ecmo machine?

Depends on diagnosis: Several days to weeks at least, depends on if the problem is with the heart or lungs. ...Read more