Even in the modern era of percutaneous coronary intervention, postinfarction ventricular septal defect (VSD) remains a serious and often lethal complication. Whether or not immediate surgical repair or delaying surgery a few days aided by intra-aortic counterpulsation provides the optimal strategy remains a matter of debate. An interdisciplinary approach of intensivists and cardiac surgeons in this setting is mandatory. We report the use of veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation and extracorporeal blood purification therapy (CytoSorb®) as bridging to surgical closure in a patient with an ischemic VSD leading to protracted cardiogenic shock after posterior myocardial infarction.
- Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation
- Middle Aged
- Shock, Cardiogenic/etiology
- Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome/therapy
- Ventricular Septal Rupture/therapy