Oxygenation Technique Improves Survival in PH Patients Awaiting Lung Transplants, Study Suggests

A type of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), a life support technique used to oxygenate the blood, was seen to significantly improve survival in end-stage pulmonary hypertension (PH) and interstitial lung disease (ILD) patients awaiting lung transplants, a retrospective study suggests.

Researchers found that when performed in a venoarterial, or upper body, configuration, compared with venovenous, or lower body, configuration, the approach resulted in a 59% reduction in the risk of death in these patients.

 

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