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J Card Surg. 2011 Jan;26(1):114-6. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-8191.2010.01173.x.

Allograft cardiectomy and biventricular assist device placement as a salvage maneuver in a heart transplant recipient.

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  • 1Division of Cardiac Surgery, The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, Maryland 21287, USA.


End-stage allograft failure following cardiac transplantation is a devastating problem, and retransplantation offers the only chance for survival. We present the case of a young man with a failing cardiac allograft who underwent allograft cardiectomy, atrial pouch formation, and biventricular assist device (BiVAD) placement as a salvage maneuver.

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