Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) has become a widely accepted short-term mechanical circulatory support device in patients with refractory cardiogenic shock. A major drawback of the peripheral venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation is that in patients with profoundly reduced left ventricular contractility associated with high left-heart filling pressure, there is always concern for venting the failing ventricle. We describe a minimally invasive technique for decompressing the left ventricle in this setting using a novel pulsatile paracorporeal assist device, the iVAC 3L (PulseCath, Groningen, The Netherlands). It is implanted through the right axillary artery and provides hemodynamic support while directly off-loading the left ventricle. © 2011 The Society of Thoracic Surgeons.
Anastasiadis, K., Chalvatzoulis, O., Antonitsis, P., Tossios, P., & Papakonstantinou, C. (2011). Left ventricular decompression during peripheral extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support with the use of the novel iVAC pulsatile paracorporeal assist device. Annals of Thoracic Surgery, 92(6), 2257–2259. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.athoracsur.2011.05.063