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J Heart Lung Transplant. 2011 Jul;30(7):838-40. doi: 10.1016/j.healun.2011.03.003. Epub 2011 Apr 13.

Presentation and management of left ventricular assist device inflow cannula malposition.

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Department of Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina 27710, USA. carmelo.milano@duke.edu

Abstract

An unusual problem associated with the use of left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) relates to malposition of the apical inflow cannula. From 2005 to 2010, we implanted 154 continuous-flow HeartMate II (Thoratec, Pleasanton, CA) LVADs at our institution. In 4 separate instances, patients appeared to have malposition of the inflow cannula that resulted in serious symptoms. All 4 patients underwent surgery to reposition the cannula. Successful outcomes were achieved for 3 of the 4 patients.

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21489813
DOI:
10.1016/j.healun.2011.03.003
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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