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Treatment of Sepsis and ARDS With Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation and Interventional Lung Assist Membrane Ventilator in a Patient With Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

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We report an 18-year-old ice skater with acute lymphoblast leukemia. She developed Staphylococcus epidermidis bacteremia, severe sepsis, septic shock, and ARDS following chemotherapy-induced severe bone marrow failure. She was successfully treated with extraordinary life support measures, which included extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, double lumen lung ventilation for management of hemoptysis, and lung assist membrane ventilation. After 57 days of ICU treatment and a year of rehabilitation, the patient has fully regained her functional status, is now finishing high school, and is ice skating again.

Keywords: acute lymphoblast leukemia; extracorporeal membrane oxygenation; interventional lung assist membrane ventilator

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4187/respcare.01393

Affiliations: Department of Pediatric Oncology and Hematology, University Medical Center Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Publication date: July 1, 2012

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