Rescue hypothermia for refractory hypercapnia

Domenico Pietrini, Mariano Alberto Pennisi, Francesca Vitale, Silvia Maria Pulitano', Giorgio Conti, Aldo Mancino, Marco Piastra, Daniele De Luca

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Hypothermia may reduce the CO2 production by decreasing the metabolism of the cooled tissue. We describe the first clinical use of hypothermia to lower hypercarbia in a case of bronchiolitis related respiratory failure unresponsive to maximal respiratory support. In this case, hypothermia allowed sparing the use of extracorporeal life support. Conclusion Hypothermia might be useful for severe acute respiratory failure unresponsive to aggressive respiratory support. © 2012 Springer-Verlag.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1855-1857
Number of pages3
JournalEuropean Journal of Pediatrics
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • Acute respiratory failure
  • Hypercapnia
  • Hypothermia


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