Effect of Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Availability on the Survival of Neonates with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia

Emel Okulu, Ufuk Ates, Ahmet Kahveci, Omer Erdeve, Begum Atasay, Aydin Yagmurlu, Huseyin Dindar, Zeynep Eyileten, Saadet Arsan


Objective: Neonatal congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) is one of the major congenital anomalies with high mortality rates. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a rescue therapy for CDH patients who do not respond to conventional ventilation strategies. The aim of this study is to compare the epochs before and after the introduction of neonatal ECMO program and to determine its impact on response and survival of neonates with isolated CDH.

Materials and Methods: Admitted neonates with CDH patients since 2012 were separated into two epochs according to the establishment of ECMO: Pre-ECMO period (January 2012–August 2015) and ECMO period (September 2015–December 2017). The demographic, clinical, and surgical data of the patients were compared between these two periods.

Results: During the study period, a total of 35 neonates with CDH were admitted. Patient characteristics and surgical data were similar in both groups. Need for high-frequency oscillatory ventilation (HFOV) was higher in the pre-ECMO period (P = 0.04). The length of hospitalization was longer in ECMO period (P = 0.01). Three among seven patients who received ECMO survived (43%). Survival rates at the time of discharge were similar in groups (39% vs. 47%, P = 0.625). It was demonstrated that having oxygenation index >40 at first 24 h (odds ratio (OR): 12, 95% Cl 2.37–60.64, P = 0.03) and the ratio of pulmonary artery pressure to systolic pressure > 1 (OR: 6, 95% Cl 1.33–27.04, P = 0.02) increased mortality.

Conclusion: The establishment of neonatal ECMO program was not associated with an improvement in survival of isolated CDH patients. We suggest that better outcomes may be achieved with defining selective criteria for ECMO candidates.


Congenital diaphragmatic hernia; Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation; Neonate; Survival INTRODUCTION

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21699/jns.v8i1.840


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