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Korean J Anesthesiol. 2014 Jan;66(1):67-70. doi: 10.4097/kjae.2014.66.1.67. Epub 2014 Jan 28.

The anesthetic experience of implantable left ventricular assist device insertion: a case report.

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Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Samsung Medical Center, Seoul, Korea.
Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Samsung Medical Center, Seoul, Korea.


Because of insufficient number of donor hearts for cardiac transplantation, the use of implantable left ventricular assist device (LVAD) has been increasing as an alternative. During this procedure, the fundamental role of anesthesiologists would be to maintain stable hemodynamics. This report describes the anesthetic case of a 75-year-old man who underwent implantable LVAD placement as a destination therapy of his heart failure in Korea. The procedure and anesthesia were uneventful with transesophageal echocariographic guide. He moved to the ward on postoperative day 10 without fatal complication.


Anesthesia; Heart failure; Implantable left ventricular assist device; Transesophageal echocardiography

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