Jacobs Journal of Emergency Medicine

Extracorporeal Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation for Intraoperative Massive Pulmonary Embolism Complicating Hip Surgery A Rescue Bridge to Recovery

Published on: 2017-04-24


Fat embolism syndrome is a clinical complication commonly associated with traumatic bone fractures. The pathophysiology is not yet completely understood but seems to be of multifactorial determination. The only intervention possible after detection of FES is supportive care of the involved organ systems. Here we report the case of a successful intervention with veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in a patient with peri-operative FES and circulatory arrest during surgery for an acetabulum fracture.


In-Hospital Resuscitation, Refractory Cardiac Arrest, Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation