Quantifying the need for pediatric REBOA: a gap analysis

Christina M. Theodorou, A. Francois Trappey, Carl A. Beyer, Kaeli J. Yamashiro, Shinjiro Hirose, Joseph M. Galante, Alana L. Beres, Jacob T. Stephenson

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Background: Trauma is the leading cause of death in children. Resuscitative endovascular balloon occlusion of the aorta (REBOA) provides temporary hemorrhage control, but its potential benefit has not been assessed in children. We hypothesized that there are pediatric patients who may benefit from REBOA. Methods: Trauma patients < 18 years old at a level 1 pediatric trauma center between 2009 and 2019 were queried for deaths, pre-hospital cardiac arrest, massive transfusion protocol activation, transfusion requirement, or hemorrhage control surgery. These patients defined the cohort of severely injured patients. From this cohort, patients with intraabdominal injuries for which REBOA may provide temporary hemorrhage control were identified, including solid organ injury necessitating intervention, vascular injury, or pelvic hemorrhage. Results: There were 239 severely injured patients out of 6538 pediatric traumas. Of these, 38 had REBOA-amenable injuries (15.9%) with 34.2% mortality, accounting for 10.2% of all pediatric trauma deaths at one center. Eleven patients with REBOA-amenable injuries had TBI (28.9%). Patients with REBOA-amenable injuries represented 0.6% of all pediatric traumas. Conclusion: Nearly 20% of severely injured pediatric patients could potentially benefit from REBOA. The overall proportion of pediatric patients with REBOA-amenable injuries is similar to adult studies. Type of Study: Retrospective comparative study. Level of Evidence: Level III.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of pediatric surgery
StateAccepted/In press - 2020


  • Gap analysis
  • Pediatric REBOA
  • Pediatric trauma
  • Resuscitative endovascular balloon occlusion of the aorta

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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