Successful use of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in severe necrotizing pneumonia caused by Staphylococcus aureus

Michael H. Stroud, Regina Okhuysen-Cawley, Robert Jaquiss, Ariel Berlinski, Richard T. Fiser

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To report the successful use of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) as rescue therapy for severe necrotizing pneumonia secondary to infection by the Staphylococcus aureus species. DESIGN: Case series. SETTING: Pediatric intensive care unit at a freestanding tertiary care children's hospital. PATIENTS: Two pediatric patients with severe S. aureus-induced necrotizing pneumonia requiring rescue with ECMO. Both patients survived with good neurologic outcomes. One patient required the use of activated factor VII for severe bleeding while on ECMO, with no thrombotic effect on the ECMO circuit. CONCLUSION: ECMO as rescue support should be considered in a timely fashion for refractory hypoxemic respiratory failure resulting from S. aureus pneumonia, including patients with necrotizing pneumonia. Use of ECMO support in such cases, coupled with aggressive measures aimed at minimizing bleeding, such as the use of activated factor VII, may result in excellent short- and long-term outcomes for such patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)282-287
Number of pages6
JournalPediatric Critical Care Medicine
Volume8
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2007

Keywords

  • Activated factor VII
  • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation
  • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation complications
  • Necrotizing pneumonia
  • Panton-Valentine leukocidin
  • Staphylococcus aureus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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