Pregnancy complicated by influenza A ARDS requiring consecutive VV-ECMO treatment with successful vaginal delivery
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A 29-year-old woman presented with influenza A ARDS at 23+0 weeks of gestation. Mechanical ventilation failed and VV-ECMO was started in a non-ECMO hospital. Transportation was performed on ECMO. Within 5 days ECMO weaning was successful. Fetal condition was stable, and decision to continue pregnancy was taken. However, second VV-ECMO was needed due to ventilator-associated pneumonia. At 25+6 weeks, the patient spontaneously delivered a neonate vaginally. Patient’s condition improved, and ECMO could be removed 10 days postpartum. 2-year follow-up showed no severe consequences in the mother and the child.
KeywordsInfluenza A ARDS VV-ECMO Pregnancy Vaginal delivery
Medical staff at Department of Intensive Internal Medicine and Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, UMC Ljubljana.