Year : 2017  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 67--69

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for repair of tracheal injury during transhiatal esophagectomy


Lilibeth Fermin1, Sarah Arnold1, Lorena Nunez1, Danny Yakoub2 
1 Department of Anesthesiology, University of Miami, Jackson Health System, Miami, Florida, USA
2 Department of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology, University of Miami, Jackson Health System, Miami, Florida, USA

Correspondence Address:
Lilibeth Fermin
University of Miami Hospital, 1400 NW 12th Avenue, Suite 3154, Miami, FL 33136
USA

Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) for repair of tracheal injury during transhiatal esophagectomy Tracheal injury is a rare but potentially fatal complication of esophagectomies requiring prompt recognition and treatment. We describe a case of tracheal injury recognized in the operative period of an open transhiatal esophagectomy for squamous cell carcinoma of the mid to distal esophagus. When injury was discovered, attempts to improve oxygenation and ventilation by conventional methods were unsuccessful. Therefore, peripheral ECMO was used to support oxygenation during the tracheal defect repair. The use of ECMO for the repair of a tracheal injury during esophagectomy is very uncommon but, in our case, provided adequate oxygenation and ventilation while the surgeon repaired the injury and the patient was able to be promptly weaned from ECMO support and extubated not long after.


How to cite this article:
Fermin L, Arnold S, Nunez L, Yakoub D. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for repair of tracheal injury during transhiatal esophagectomy.Ann Card Anaesth 2017;20:67-69


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Fermin L, Arnold S, Nunez L, Yakoub D. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for repair of tracheal injury during transhiatal esophagectomy. Ann Card Anaesth [serial online] 2017 [cited 2019 Dec 9 ];20:67-69
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