Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation as treatment for acute respiratory failure and subsequent pneumothorax caused by Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia in a kidney transplant recipient

Authors

  • Y.-S. Wu,

    1. Division of Transplantation Surgery, Department of Surgery, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China (ROC)
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    • Yung-Szu Wu and Niang-Cheng Lin contributed equally to this article.
  • N.-C. Lin,

    1. Division of Transplantation Surgery, Department of Surgery, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China (ROC)
    2. National Yang-Ming University School of Medicine, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC
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    • Yung-Szu Wu and Niang-Cheng Lin contributed equally to this article.
  • I.-M. Chen,

    1. National Yang-Ming University School of Medicine, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC
    2. Divison of Cardiovascular Surgery, Department of Surgery, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC
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  • S.-C. Chang,

    1. National Yang-Ming University School of Medicine, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC
    2. Department of Chest Medicine, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC
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  • F.-D. Wang,

    1. National Yang-Ming University School of Medicine, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC
    2. Division of Infection, Department of Internal Medicine, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC
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  • Y.-C. Huang,

    1. National Yang-Ming University School of Medicine, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC
    2. Intensive Care Unit Department, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC
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  • T.-H. Wu,

    1. National Yang-Ming University School of Medicine, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC
    2. Division of Nephrology, Department of Internal Medicine, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC
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  • C.-C. Loong

    Corresponding author
    1. National Yang-Ming University School of Medicine, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC
    2. Division of General Surgery, Department of Surgery, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC
    • Division of Transplantation Surgery, Department of Surgery, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China (ROC)
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Che-Chuan Loong, No. 201, Sec. 2, Shih-Pai Road, Taipei 112, Taiwan, Republic of China

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Abstract

Acute respiratory failure (ARF) accompanied by pneumothorax caused by Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PJP) is often fatal. We present our experience using extracorporeal membrane oxygenation as treatment for ARF and subsequent pneumothorax caused by PJP in a kidney transplant recipient.

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