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


Harnessing the Potential of ECMO: A Game-changer for Tracheal Stenting

Manda Ravi Krishna, Rakesh Venuturumilli, Chukka Bharath, Malla Venkata Hariprasad

Keywords : Awake extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, Case report, Respiratory failure, Tracheal stenting, Venovenous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation

Citation Information : Krishna MR, Venuturumilli R, Bharath C, Hariprasad MV. Harnessing the Potential of ECMO: A Game-changer for Tracheal Stenting. Indian J ECMO 2023; 1 (3-4):92-95.

DOI: 10.5005/jaypee-journals-11011-0020

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 12-01-2024

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


The use of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) can be beneficial when conventional ventilation methods are unsuccessful. Here, we successfully managed a patient with advanced tracheal malignancy and impending airway obstruction by implementing venovenous ECMO (VV-ECMO) before performing a critical endotracheal procedure. The VV-ECMO was securely established through the right jugular vein and the left femoral vein, under local anesthesia. The placement of a tracheal stent was then performed under the guidance of a rigid bronchoscope and fluoroscopy. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation effectively maintained adequate oxygenation and ventilation. Venovenous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation serves as a valuable tool in supporting airway interventions for complex tracheal pathologies, especially when conventional ventilation may not be sufficient or feasible.

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