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VOLUME 1 , ISSUE 3-4 ( July-December, 2023 ) > List of Articles


Awake Venoarterial Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation: Saving Lives in Aluminum Phosphide-induced Myocarditis

Nishanth Selvaraj, Venkatesh Kumar, G Prabu, Sathya Praksash

Keywords : Awake extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, Case report, Toxic myocarditis, Venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation

Citation Information : Selvaraj N, Kumar V, Prabu G, Praksash S. Awake Venoarterial Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation: Saving Lives in Aluminum Phosphide-induced Myocarditis. Indian J ECMO 2023; 1 (3-4):96-98.

DOI: 10.5005/jaypee-journals-11011-0021

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 12-01-2024

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2023; The Author(s).


Venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA-ECMO) has emerged as a crucial intervention for severe myocarditis, particularly when the causative factors are reversible, such as viral infections or toxins. This report details a case of toxic myocarditis resulting from aluminum phosphide poisoning, successfully treated with VA-ECMO support. Notably, the ECMO was initiated while the patient was conscious. In the absence of effective treatments for this lethal toxin, VA-ECMO effectively maintained circulation despite severe arrhythmias. The patient recovered within 84 hours and was discharged without any lingering health issues.

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