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A patient with pulmonary hypertension waiting for donor lungs during the pandemic: 194 days on extracorporeal life support including 143 days on pulmonary artery to left atrium shunt

Balik, Martin ; Rulisek, Jan ; Flaksa, Marek ; Porizka, Michal ; Mosna, Frantisek ; Lindner, Jaroslav ; Heller, Samuel ; Belohlavek, Jan ; Adla, Theodor ; Schmid, Christof ; Philipp, Alois ; Havlin, Jan ; Burkert, Jan ; Lischke, Robert



Abstract

Patients with pulmonary hypertension and end-stage lung disease are fraught with high mortality while on a waiting list for lung transplant. With sometimes rapid deterioration they may require veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA-ECMO) as an immediate life-saving technique, which is a time-limited solution. The technique of pulmonary artery to left atrium (PA-LA) shunt fitted ...

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