What is the prevalence of sensorineural disabilities following pediatric ECMO?

Updated: Dec 21, 2017
  • Author: Edwin Rodriguez-Cruz, MD; Chief Editor: Stuart Berger, MD  more...
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The rate of sensorineural disabilities in infants who survive following ECMO averages 6% (range, 2-18%); developmental delay occurs in 9% (range, 0-21%). Abnormal brainstem auditory-evoked response (BAER) with mild-to-moderate threshold elevation is seen in 25% of children following ECMO at discharge. This condition usually resolves. Sensorineural hearing loss is documented after age 1 year in 9% (range, 4-21%) of children following ECMO.


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