Identifying Pediatric Patients At High Risk Of Stroke Or Brain Hemorrhage
[Source: Medical News Today]
Measuring blood flow in the brain may be an easy, noninvasive way to predict stroke or hemorrhage in children receiving cardiac or respiratory support through a machine called ECMO, according to a new study by researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Early detection would allow physicians to alter treatment and take steps to prevent these complications – the leading cause of death for patients on ECMO.
Short for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, ECMO is used when a patient is unable to sustain enough oxygen in the blood supply due to heart failure, septic shock, or other life-threatening condition, said Nicole O’Brien, MD, a physician and scientist in critical care
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