Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation procedure (ECMO) has been established in the therapy of respiratory insufficient infants with congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH). In CDH newborns, a delay in transfer to an ECMO center is associated with a sharp increase in mortality. Predictive factors for ECMO support are urgently needed. We evaluated routine parameters of the first blood withdrawal after birth in CDH infants, hypothesizing that early signs in bone marrow affecting hematology parameters for early regulation of potentially post birth hypoxia are predictive factors for ECMO support.
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