What is the prevalence of psychosocial morbidity following pediatric ECMO?

Updated: Dec 21, 2017
  • Author: Edwin Rodriguez-Cruz, MD; Chief Editor: Stuart Berger, MD  more...
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Psychosocial morbidity includes the increased frequency of social problems, academic difficulties at school age, and higher rates of attention deficit disorder in children who received ECMO. In addition, the ECMO procedure is dramatic and highly invasive, and families can feel isolated if no other patients are on ECMO in the same institution.

At age 1 year, the stress level of the mother of an infant previously on ECMO is the same as the stress level in the family of a preterm infant. By age 5 years, the family stress level is the same as that of the family of a healthy child in whom ECMO was not used.


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