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eISSN: 1643-3750

Hemodynamic Differences Between Central ECMO and Peripheral ECMO: A Primary CFD Study

Kaiyun Gu, Ya Zhang, Bin Gao, Yu Chang, Yi Zeng

of Life Science and BioEngineering, Beijing University of Technology, Beijing, China (mainland)

Med Sci Monit 2016; 22:717-726

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.895831

Available online: 2016-03-03

Published: 2016-03-03


BACKGROUND: Veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VAECMO), including central ECMO (cECMO) and peripheral ECMO (pECMO), is widely used in cardiopulmonary surgery. The outcomes and complications of both types of ECMO are quite different from each other. The hemodynamic differences among them are hypothesized as a key factor. Hence, a numerical study was conducted to test this hypothesis.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: Ideal cardiovascular models with pECMO and cECMO were established. The aortic pressure and flow rate were chosen as boundary conditions. The flow pattern, blood flow distributions, flow junction, harmonic index (HI) of blood flow, wall shear stress (WSS), and the oscillatory shear index (OSI) were calculated to evaluate the hemodynamic states.
RESULTS: pECMO could achieve better upper limb and brain perfusion (0.05458 vs. 0.05062 kg/s), and worse lower limb perfusion (0.03067 vs. 0.03401 kg/s). There exist low WSS (<0.4 pa) regions at the inner and posterior wall of the aorta, and high WSS (>2 pa) region at the access of the femoral artery. These regions also have relatively high OSI value (reaching 0.45). In contrast, for cECMO, there exist high WSS at the posterior wall of the aortic arch.
CONCLUSIONS: The hemodynamic performances of various types of ECMO are different from each other, which maybe the key reasons for the differences in the outcomes and complications. Therefore, for pEMCO, the lower-extremity ischemia is a complication that must be considered. The type, support level, and duration of ECMO should also be carefully regulated according to the patients’ condition, as they are the important factors related to vascular complications.

Keywords: Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation, Aorta - physiology, Hemodynamics - physiology, hydrodynamics, Stress, Mechanical