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Ann Thorac Surg. 2009 Mar;87(3):943-6. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2008.07.086.

Berlin heart as a bridge to recovery for a failing Fontan.

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Division of Cardiac Surgery, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland 21201, USA.


We report the temporary use of a Berlin Heart ventricular assist device (Berlin Heart AG, Berlin, Germany) for cardiac support of an 18-month-old girl with rapidly progressive ventricular failure after completion of a fenestrated Fontan. After 6 months of cardiac assistance with a single pneumatic pump, catheterization data showed improvement of the ventricular function and the ventricular assist device was successfully removed. A follow-up echocardiogram 6 months after hospital discharge demonstrated marked improvement of ventricular function.

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