European Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 162, Issue 1, pp 44–46

A 7-year-old boy with mycoplasmal infection requiring extracorporeal membrane oxygenation

  • Tomohide Yoshida
  • Yoshihide Asato
  • Ichiro Kukita
  • Masakatu Ooshiro
  • Itaru Takara
  • Hiroshi Iha
  • Kazuhiro Sugahara
  • Tsukasa Kinjo
  • Takao Ohta
Original Paper

Abstract.

A 7-year-old boy with Down syndrome developed severe acute respiratory distress syndrome after a respiratory infection with Mycoplasma pneumoniae with an unusually high agglutination titre (1:10240). Initially, mechanical ventilation and nitric oxide inhalation were used, but these did not improve the alveolar-arterial oxygen gradient. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for 152 h improved the lung condition. Conclusion: our case suggests that Mycoplasma pneumoniae should be considered as an aetiological agent in acute respiratory distress syndrome. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation might have a valuable role in the management.

Acute respiratory distress syndrome Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation Mycoplasma pneumoniae infection 

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© Springer-Verlag 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Tomohide Yoshida
    • 1
  • Yoshihide Asato
    • 1
  • Ichiro Kukita
    • 2
  • Masakatu Ooshiro
    • 2
  • Itaru Takara
    • 2
  • Hiroshi Iha
    • 2
  • Kazuhiro Sugahara
    • 2
  • Tsukasa Kinjo
    • 3
  • Takao Ohta
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of the Ryukyus, 207 Uehara, Nishihara, Okinawa, 903-0125 Japan
  2. 2.Department of Anaesthesiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa, Japan
  3. 3.Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa, Japan

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