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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 155-157

Complete pulmonary recovery after COVID-19 infection requiring extracorporeal membrane oxygenation: A case report

1 Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, The Medical Center of Aurora, Aurora, CO, USA
2 Department of Cardiac Perfusion, Specialty Care Perfusion Services, Nashville, TN, USA

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Dr. Michael S Firstenberg
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, The Medical Center of Aurora, 1444 S. Potomac Street, Suite 200, Aurora, CO 80012
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/IJCIIS.IJCIIS_132_20

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Severe pulmonary complications associated with COVID-19 infections are a substantial source of morbidity and/or mortality. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) has been shown to be a potentially useful therapy in the management of severe COVID-19 infection as a means to facilitate pulmonary recovery. Despite growing evidence to demonstrate the utility of ECMO for COVID-19 respiratory failure, little is known regarding the posthospital discharge recovery and functional status of these patients. Furthermore, concerns regarding potential long-term complications, but data are lacking. We illustrate a case of a previously healthy male, who was supported on ECMO for severe COVID-19 who demonstrated what appears to be a complete subjective and objective pulmonary recovery within a short time postdischarge. Our case provides some optimisms that critically-ill COVID-19 patients might recover completely and be able to return to functional lives.

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