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Expert Rev Med Devices. 2013 May;10(3):379-87. doi: 10.1586/erd.12.93.

General surgical complications associated with the use of long-term mechanical circulatory support devices: are we 'under-reporting' problems?

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Division of Cardiac Surgery, University of Rochester Medical Center, 601 Elmwood Ave., Rochester, NY 14642, USA.


Multiple complications are associated with use of ventricular assist devices (VADs). Cardiac-related complications and infections are most frequently reported. VADs, however, can also lead to a number of general surgical complications equally significant in terms of morbidity and mortality. The authors performed a systematic literature search to review current data that specifically relate general surgical complications to patients who undergo left VAD implantation. The review provides a relatively clear understanding of the spectrum of general surgical complications and shows that they contribute significantly to morbidity and mortality in these patients.

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