Use of Early Extra-Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) for Severe Refractory Status Asthmaticus

Catherina L Chang, Deborah H Yates


Emerging evidence suggests that extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) improves survival in adults with reversible respiratory failure compared to conventional ventilation. Refractory status asthmaticus is an uncommon indication for ECMO. We present a case of near fatal status asthmaticus not responsive to conventional treatment and ventilation, in whom early use of ECMO resulted in a positive outcome. This case illustrates ECMO as a useful bridging therapy in this group of patients.

J Med Cases. 2011;2(3):124-126


Asthma; Extra-corporeal membranous oxygenation; Extra-corporeal life support; Status asthmaticus; Respiratory failure

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