Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) during pregnancy and postpartum

Luis Pacheco, George Saade, Gary Hankins

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Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) can provide respiratory support (VV-ECMO) or both respiratory and circulatory support (VA-ECMO). The use of ECMO has increased dramatically as a result of simpler technology. No level I evidence is yet available reflecting improved outcomes with ECMO. The use of this technology during pregnancy may be indicated in very select cases and should be delivered in centers with dedicated ECMO specialized units.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalSeminars in Perinatology
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2017


  • Extra corporeal membrane oxygenation
  • Pregnancy
  • Respiratory failure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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