Adding hypothermia to ECMO no help for neonates, study says

10/22/2013 | MedPage Today (free registration)

Neurological outcomes did not improve after mild hypothermia was added to neonatal extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for infants with severe cardiorespiratory problems, compared with neonates who received standard ECMO, researchers from the University of Leicester in England reported in Pediatrics. Data showed mean cognitive scores were similar at two years in both groups. Neonatologist Dr. Joseph Garcia-Prats of Texas Children's Hospital commented that erythropoietin shows promise as a neuroprotective drug for infants.

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