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- Pulmonary Sequelae at Six Months following Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (6)

An esophageal balloon (1.0 cm in diameter and 4.0 cm long) containing 0.2 ml of air was passed until it was positioned in the lower third of the esophagus, according to the method of Beardsmore et al. The Cdyn was then measured. The maximal intrasubject coefficient of variation for Cdyn in our laboratory is 8.7 ±4.3 percent.
Unless otherwise specified, all data are expressed as group means and standard errors of the mean. The relationship between variables was expressed as the correlation coefficient using linear regression analysis by the least squares method.
Results
Forty-two infants from the first 47 ECMO survivors at the Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles were eligible for the study. Three infants were excluded because of diagnosis of congenital diaphragmatic hernia, one for gastroschisis and one for congenital heart disease. Twelve out of 42 eligible infants could not be contacted. Ten of these 12 lived at a distance greater than 100 miles from our center and two infants of substance-abusing mothers were unavailable for follow-up. Seven additional patients did not consent to the study. Twenty-three out of the first 42 (55 percent) ECMO survivors were enrolled in the study and only 19 completed the study. Four patients did not complete the study because of technical difficulties. Sixteen infants (84 percent) who completed the study had a primary diagnosis of meconium aspiration syndrome, while three (16 percent) had persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn.

August 8, 2013 Pulmonary function
Tags: chronic lung disease mechanical ventilation neonatal respiratory failure pulmonary function respiratory failure