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Ann Thorac Surg. 2015 Jun;99(6):2216-8. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2014.08.053.

Implantation of HeartMate II Left Ventricular Assist Device in a Single-Lung Patient.

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1
Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California.
2
Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California.
3
Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California. Electronic address: arazzouk@llu.edu.

Abstract

The use of mechanical assist devices has been established as an effective therapy for patients with end-stage heart failure. Implantable left ventricular assist devices are becoming more common in the clinical practice of cardiac surgery. This report illustrates the use of a HeartMate II (Thoratec Pleasanton, CA) left ventricular assist device in a patient with a single lung and dilated cardiomyopathy. To our knowledge, this is the first report of a left ventricular assist device placement in a patient with a prior pneumonectomy.

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