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Case Reports in Surgery
Volume 2012, Article ID 897184, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/897184
Case Report

Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation for Complex Multiorgan System Trauma

1Division of Cardiac Surgery, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH 43210, USA
2Department of Neurosurgery, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH 43210, USA
3Division of Trauma and Critical Care Surgery, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH 43210, USA

Received 23 December 2011; Accepted 18 January 2012

Academic Editors: A. Anselmi, A. Cho, T. Çolak, and A. R. Novotny

Copyright © 2012 Michael S. Firstenberg et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

With growing experience, the indications for salvage extracorporeal membrane oxygenation continue to expand. We describe a successful application of extracorporeal support in a polytrauma patient presenting with profound hypothermia, respiratory failure, and whom was later found to have an intracranial hemorrhage. We advocate the role of salvage therapy even in patients with complex pathophysiology despite perceived relative or absolute contraindications to extracorporeal support.