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Methodist Debakey Cardiovasc J. 2015 Jan-Mar;11(1):24-7. doi: 10.14797/mdcj-11-1-24.

Gastrointestinal bleeding after continuous-flow left ventricular device implantation: review of pathophysiology and management.

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Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston, Texas.

Abstract

Gastrointestinal bleeding is one of the most common complications in patients with continuous-flow left ventricular assist devices. Though the exact pathophysiology is still unclear, continuous-flow physiology, acquired Von Willebrand disease, and formation of arteriovenous malformations in the gastrointestinal tract are implicated. An individualized plan of endoscopic therapy and anticoagulation management is required when caring for these patients.

KEYWORDS:

LVAD risk factors; gastrointestinal bleeding; heart assist device

PMID:
25793026
PMCID:
PMC4362061
DOI:
10.14797/mdcj-11-1-24
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