Venoarterielle ECMO als "bridge to recovery": Kardiogener Schock und Verdacht auf Myokarditis bei einer 37-Jährigen [Veno-arterial ECMO as bridge to recovery. Cardiogenic shock and suspected myocarditis in a 37-year-old patient]


  • H. Fox
  • F.H. Seeger
  • J. Schmitt
  • M. Potente
  • O. Dzemali
  • S. Fichtlscherer
  • J.R. Ehrlich


  • Medizinische Klinik, Intensivmedizin und Notfallmedizin


  • Med Klin Intensivmed Notfmed 107 (3): 206-212


  • We report a case of a 37-year-old patient presenting with fulminant cardiogenic shock, almost noncontractile ventricles, followed by electromechanical dissociation. During performance of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, a veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation device (VA ECMO) was implanted, which became necessary for 13 days. Subsequently, a total arrest of ventricular function was observed and prominent multiple organ failure emerged. A rapid test for respiratory syncytial virus was positive, supporting the suspected diagnosis of myocarditis. Despite numerous complications, complete recovery was achieved.