Vijayakumar N, Badheka A, Chegondi M, Mclennan D.Perfusion. 2020 May 27:267659120923880. doi: 10.1177/0267659120923880. Online ahead of print.PMID: 32460645
Rescuing patients with the development of acute respiratory distress syndrome and right heart failure after left ventricular assist device placement remains a challenge in patients with congenital heart disease. TandemLife Protek Duo (TandemLife, Pittsburg, PA) is a double-lumen cannula introduced via the internal jugular vein that can provide veno-venous extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation and right heart support. To our knowledge, we report the first case of successfully using the TandemLife Protek Duo cannula to provide veno-venous extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation and right ventricle support in an adolescent male with an existing right ventricle-pulmonary artery conduit and the melody pulmonary valve who developed severe acute respiratory distress syndrome after the placement of left ventricular assist device. The stability of the cannula enabled minimal recirculation-related hypoxia events, early mobilization, and ambulation. Our patient was discharged home after lung recovery and currently awaiting a heart transplant.