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Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation as emergency treatment for life-threatening acute severe asthma.
  1. D. King,
  2. C. Smales,
  3. A. G. Arnold,
  4. O. G. Jones


    We report a case of acute severe asthma that was resistant to full medical treatment, mechanical ventilation and halothane inhalation. Because a fatal outcome appeared likely extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, involving partial cardiac bypass, using femoral artery and femoral vein cannulation was instituted as an urgent measure. The patient then made a satisfactory recovery.

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