Cardiogenic shock with fulminant myocarditis is a life-threatening diagnosis. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) with an Impella for left ventricle unloading is often required to maintain the haemodynamics. However, the small peripheral vascularity in small-bodied patients interrupts the upgrade from ECMO to Impella5.0, which usually requires grafting to a femoral artery or subclavian artery of at least 7 mm in size. This report outlines the external iliac artery approach, named the “ILIPELLA” technique, which uses a reconstructed external iliac artery to introduce Impella5.0 in patients with small peripheral vascularity.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine