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Weaning of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation using continuous hemodynamic transesophageal echocardiography
The authors studied outcomes of using a standard algorithm for weaning venoarterial ECMO using continuous transesophageal echo that employed a miniature probe. 6 of 21 pts had RV and LV recovery, 7 had nonrecoverable LV and RV function, and 8 had RV recovery without LV recovery and underwent LVAD. RV function was maintained in the latter 8 pts. The positive predictive value for ventricular recovery was 100% using echo monitoring.