Profound Hypothermic Cardiac Arrest Treated Successfully Using Minimally Invasive Cardiopulmonary Bypass: A Case Report
Background. Hypothermia is defined as a core temperature of less than 35°C. The decision to resuscitate a hypothermic patient can be difficult, as consideration must be given to whether the patient died before the cooling process. The modality for rewarming must also be considered.
Case Report. A severely hypothermic 54-year-old man with a core temperature of 21°C was successfully rewarmed using cardiopulmonary bypass via the femoro-femoral route. The patient made a full neurological recovery.
Conclusion. Cardiopulmonary bypass provides excellent circulatory support for profound hypothermia and allows rapid core rewarming. The femoro-femoral approach is the preferred method for this scenario.
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