Successful rescue therapy with venovenous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for re-expansion pulmonary oedema in a patient with one lung

W. Hampton Gray, Amy E. Hackmann, Vaughn A. Starnes, Armin Kiankhooy

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Re-expansion pulmonary oedema following the drainage of pleural fluid is rare. We report a patient with 1 lung who developed lifethreatening re-expansion pulmonary oedema following thoracentesis and was rescued with venovenous (VV) extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), surviving to discharge 28 days later. An aggressive early rescue therapy with VV ECMO should be pursued for all types of acute lung injury regardless of patient age, comorbidities or transplant candidacy, given the likelihood of native lung recovery following ECMO support.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)582-584
Number of pages3
JournalEuropean Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2019
Externally publishedYes



  • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)
  • Re-expansion pulmonary oedema

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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