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ASAIO J. 2009 Sep-Oct;55(5):465-8. doi: 10.1097/MAT.0b013e3181b58c50.

Levitronix CentriMag to Berlin Heart Excor: a "bridge to bridge" solution in refractory cardiogenic shock.

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Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, Deutsches Herzzentrum Berlin, Berlin, Germany. antonioloforte@yahoo.it

Abstract

Levitronix CentriMag is a third generation bearingless temporary rotary pump designed for short-term mechanical support. The device, combined with Berlin Heart cannulas, was implanted in 30 patients suffering from acute cardiogenic shock with biventricular failure. Fifteen patients were successfully bridged to long-term Excor support due to lack of myocardial recovery. The approach produces good results, avoiding the risks of repeated sternotomy and cardiopulmonary bypass and reducing the costs involved.

PMID:
19672191
DOI:
10.1097/MAT.0b013e3181b58c50
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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