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Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2010 Jun;10(6):847-50. doi: 10.1510/icvts.2009.230706. Epub 2010 Mar 15.

Simultaneous temporary CentriMag right ventricular assist device placement in HeartMate II left ventricular assist system recipients at high risk of right ventricular failure.

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Department of Cardiac Surgery and Transplantation, San Camillo Hospital, C. Forlanini n.1, Rome 00151, Italy.


An approach is reported for right ventricle temporary mechanical support in long-term axial left ventricular assist device (LVAD) patients preoperatively judged at high risk of right ventricular (RV) failure. The timing for RV assist device (RVAD) weaning and the technique for its removal through a right mini-thoracotomy are described. This strategy provides a good outcome in LVAD recipients avoiding the risk of immediate postoperative RV failure.

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