Resuscitative endovascular balloon occlusion of the aorta (REBOA) is a hemorrhage control technique that is increasingly being adopted for the management of noncompressible bleeding. In addition to limiting hemorrhage, REBOA increases blood flow to the heart, lungs, and brain. A small number of case reports and animal studies describe the use of REBOA to increase coronary perfusion during cardiopulmonary resuscitation. We report a case in which REBOA may have reversed ST-segment abnormalities during a Type II non-ST elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) in a patient with previous trauma. We describe the presentation, course, and decision making that contributed to the use of REBOA in this case. Additionally, we will present a review of the literature on the effects of REBOA on coronary perfusion.
- aortic balloon
- cardiac arrest
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Emergency Medicine
- Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine