When is pediatric ECMO contraindicated?

Updated: Dec 21, 2017
  • Author: Edwin Rodriguez-Cruz, MD; Chief Editor: Stuart Berger, MD  more...
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The failure to meet selection criteria discussed in Indications for Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation, above, is a relative contraindication for ECMO.

Unlike the situation in neonates, when ECMO is considered in a pediatric patient, no clear set of inclusion or exclusion criteria exists. Evaluation of a pediatric patient for ECMO support is largely based on an assessment of the patient's condition and the institutional experience with pediatric ECMO.


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