The effectiveness of the "open chest" for the unstable patient after bilateral sequential lung transplantation

Jonathan D'Cunha, Natasha M. Rueth, Birtukan Belew, Cynthia S. Herrington, Marshall I Hertz, Rosemary F Kelly, Sara J Shumway

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Abstract

Respiratory or hemodynamic instability after lung transplantation is one of the most challenging experiences a lung transplant surgeon and anesthesiologist face. We used an "open chest" approach as a feasible modality for managing these difficult patients. In this single-institution review of patients managed with this technique, we report the criteria for consideration, technical aspects, and overall effectiveness of this peri-operative strategy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)894-897
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
Volume29
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 22 2010

Keywords

  • extracorporeal membrane oxygenation
  • lung transplantation
  • open chest
  • primary graft dysfunction
  • unstable transplant patients

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