Published on Sun Apr 11 2021

Rescue extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for massive anterior mediastinal masses.

Lowell Leow, Hari Kumar Sampath, Keith J Yong, Theo Kofidis, John Kit Chung Tam, Graeme MacLaren, Lynette Teo, Harish Mithiran, Kollengode Ramanathan

The management of massive anterior mediastinal masses (AMM) is challenging. With the burgeoning role of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support (ECMO) beyond the confines of salvage therapy, more trained clinicians are adopting it as a bridge for high-risk procedures or situations where temporary respiratory or cardiac support is required. We report our experience with using ECMO in the management of massive AMM in this case series of three patients sharing their clinical details and the lessons learned from them.