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Artif Organs. 2013 May;37(5):435-8. doi: 10.1111/aor.12016. Epub 2013 Feb 18.

Panel reactive antibody monitoring in pediatric patients undergoing ventricle assist device as a bridge to heart transplantation.

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  • 1Department of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery, Bambino Gesù Pediatric Hospital, IRCCS, Rome, Italy. grutter@opbg.net

Abstract

We describe the incidence and patterns of anti-human leukocyte antigens antibody production in a pediatric population undergoing ventricular assist device (VAD) implantation. Serial panel reactive antibody was obtained prior to VAD implant, during VAD support, and after orthotopic heart transplantation (OHT). Seven children (median age 15 months) underwent VAD support as bridge to OHT. Posttransplant sensitization occurred in 42% of VAD patients and in 14% during VAD support.

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10.1111/aor.12016
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