Dr Short is correct; the only way to determine the actual incidence and, significance of brain lesions in patients who have undergone extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (or any other group of neonatal patients) is to study the entire population. We previously reported our complete follow-up studies on 14 patients post-extracorporpeal membrane oxygenation older than 1 year of age, and we are in the process of updating complete follow-up studies.

The purpose of our recent paper was only to report that we have observed some cases of right-sided brain ischemia following extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, particularly in patients who were profoundly hypoxic and hypotensive at the time of cannulation.

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