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Extracorporeal life support in a severe blunt chest trauma with cardiac rupture.

Abstract : This report presents a case of severe blunt chest trauma secondary to a horse riding accident with resultant free-wall rupture of the left ventricle in association with severe lung contusion. We describe the initial surgical and medical management of the cardiac rupture which was associated with a massive haemoptysis due to severe lung trauma. Extra corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) support was initiated and allowed both the acute heart and lung failure to recover. We discuss the successful use and pitfalls of ECMO techniques which are sparsely described in such severe combined cardiac and thoracic trauma.
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Launey Yoann, Flecher Erwan, Nesseler Nicolas, Malledant Yannick, Seguin Philippe. Extracorporeal life support in a severe blunt chest trauma with cardiac rupture.. Case reports in critical care, Hindawi, 2012, 2013, pp.136542. ⟨10.1155/2013/136542⟩. ⟨hal-01128201⟩

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