Regional anticoagulation with heparin of an extracorporeal CO 2 removal circuit: A case report

Antonino Giarratano, Cesare Gregoretti, Cesira Palmeri Di Villalba, Andrea Cortegiani, Francesco Forfori, Filippo Vitale, Jacopo Tramarin, Pasquale Iozzo

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Background: Extracorporeal carbon dioxide removal is an increasingly used respiratory support technique. As is true of all extracorporeal techniques, extracorporeal carbon dioxide removal needs proper anticoagulation. We report a case of a patient at risk of bleeding complications who was treated with extracorporeal carbon dioxide removal and anticoagulated with a regional technique. Case presentation: A 56-year-old Caucasian man with a history of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease exacerbation required extracorporeal carbon dioxide removal for severe hypercapnia and acidosis despite mechanical ventilation. The extracorporeal circuit was anticoagulated using a regional heparin technique to limit the patient's risk of bleeding due to a low platelet count. The patient underwent 96 h of effective extracorporeal carbon dioxide removal without any adverse events. He was successfully weaned from extracorporeal carbon dioxide removal. During the treatment, no bleeding complications or unexpected circuit clotting was observed. Conclusions: The use of regional heparin anticoagulation technique seems to be feasible and safe during extracorporeal carbon dioxide removal.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Numero di pagine0
RivistaJournal of Medical Case Reports
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2019

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