Sefer Ozgur, Ersin Aksay, Aysen Aydın Kacar

Department of Emergency Medicine, Dokuz Eylul University School of Medicine, Izmir, Turkey

Keywords: Complication, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, fibrinolytic, intraperitoneal hemorrhage, pulmonary embolism


Massive pulmonary embolism (PE) is one of the important emergencies that needs aggressive treatment for decreasing the risk of death. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and fibrinolysis should be considered in patients with failure in oxygenation and perfusion despite invasive mechanical ventilation and vasopressor treatment. We present the case of a 22-year-old male who underwent ECMO, systemic fibrinolysis, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation because of massive PE and subsequently developed intraperitoneal bleeding.

How to cite this article: Ozgur S, Aksay E, Kacar AA. A rare complication of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation and thrombolytic treatment in a patient with massive pulmonary embolism: Intraperitoneal hemorrhage. Turk J Emerg Med 2021;21:34-7

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Author Contributions

SO, EA, and AAK designed, performed literature search, and wrote the manuscript. All authors provided feedback and reviewed the entire article.

Conflict of Interest

None declared.

Financial Disclosure

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