Inﬂuenza A sequelae range from mild symptoms to acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), which can be refractory to conventional ventilator therapy. We present a case series of three non-H1N1 Inﬂuenza patients with ARDS, who completely recovered after VV-ECMO.
In January and February 2013, we experienced three cases of Inﬂuenza A induced ARDS that failed conventional ARDS ventilator therapy. All three patients presented with typical ﬂu-like symptoms, which deteriorated over several days, requiring intubation. They were all treated with oseltamivir. They had bilateral chest inﬁltrates on chest x-rays. After a few days of failing conventional treatment these patients were placed on VV-ECMO using Avalon Dual Lumen catheters.
Recommended CitationSooppan, MD, Renganaden; Cavarocchi, MD, Nicholas C.; Pitcher, MD, Harrsion; Yang, MD, Qiong; Baram, MD, Michael; and Hirose, MD, PhD, Hitoshi, "Case Series on Veno - venous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VV-ECMO) as a bridge to complete recovery in influenza type A related refractory ARDS" (2013). Department of Surgery Faculty Papers. Paper 100.