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J Heart Lung Transplant. 2007 Apr;26(4):345-9.

Levitronix ventricular assist devices as a bridge to recovery after profound biventricular heart failure associated with pulmonary aspergillosis.

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Department of Surgery, Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455, USA.


A patient with multisystem organ failure and refractory cardiopulmonary shock stemming from Aspergillus pneumonia was treated with 2 Levitronix ventricular assist devices as a bridge-to-recovery. After ventricular assist device placement, the patient recovered myocardial function. The ventricular assist devices were removed on post-implant Day 7, and the patient made a full long-term recovery. Ventricular assist devices should be strongly considered, as bridges to recovery, to support patients with acute myocardial dysfunction associated with sepsis while the underlying infection is treated.

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