Dense pulmonary opacification in neonates treated with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation

A. E. Schlesinger, J. D. Cornish, Donald Null

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Chest radiographic findings in three neonates with respiratory failure secondary to meconium aspiration treated with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) are described. The degree of pulmonary opacification on the chest radiographs failed to correlate with the patients' clinical status as measured by the arterial oxygen levels but correlated well with the peak airway pressure (PAP) and continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) settings on the mechanical ventilator. Because a variable portion of the arterial blood oxygenation is performed by the extracorporeal membrane oxygenator and unusually large fluctuations in airway pressure settings can occur in these patients while on ECMO, it is important to realize that the chest radiograph may not be an accurate predictor of the patients' clinical status.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)448-451
Number of pages4
JournalPediatric Radiology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Sep 1 1986
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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