Veno-venous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in the surgical management of post-traumatic intrathoracic tracheal transection

Angelo Carretta, Paola Ciriaco, Alessandro Bandiera, Piergiorgio Muriana, Federico Pappalardo, Lars Mikael Broman, Andrea Montisci, Giampiero Negri


Complete traumatic blunt tracheal transection is a rare but life-threatening event, and urgent tracheal repair is required to restore ventilation (1). Emergent intubation of the distal tracheal stump bridging the lesion by means of tracheostomy or under bronchoscopic guidance is usually required to restore adequate gas exchange.