Inferior vena cava filter placement before ECMO decannulation

Andrea Obi, Pauline K. Park, John Rectenwald, Paula Novelli, John Waldvogel, Jonathan W. Haft, Lena M. Napolitano

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Venous thromboembolism (VTE), particularly thrombi in the inferior vena cava (IVC) and pulmonary embolism, can occur after successful extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and can be associated with adverse outcomes including death. VTE is related to the presence of a venous cannula and in some cases inadequate anticoagulation caused by clinical bleeding. We have developed a simple method for guidewire exchange of the femoral venous ECMO cannula to a working catheter for intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) IVC filter placement, and describe the specific methodology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)622-625
Number of pages4
JournalASAIO Journal
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2012


  • extracorporeal membrane oxygenation
  • inferior vena cava filter
  • pulmonary embolism
  • venous thromboembolism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Bioengineering
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomedical Engineering


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