ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
TURKISH JOURNAL OF
THORACIC AND
CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
THE IMPORTANCE AND IMPACT OF RIGHT VENTRICULAR FUNCTIONS IN LEFT VENTRICULAR ASSIST DEVICE IMPLANTATION: CASE REPORT
Onurcan Tarcan1, Mehmet Ali Özatik1, Şeref Küçüker1, Göktan Aşkın1, Omaç Tüfekçioğlu1, Süha Küçükaksu1, Erol Şener1, Oğuz Taşdemir1
1Türkiye Yüksek İhitisas Hastanesi, Kalp Damar Cerrahisi Kliniği, Ankara
The left ventricular assist device (VAD) may be a lifesaving therapy for a patient awaiting heart transplantation. One of the major complications seen after left VAD implantation is right ventricular dysfunction. Here reported patient was implanted with MicroMed DeBakey left VAD for bridging to heart transplantation. This patient is the third case assisted with MicroMed DeBakey axial flow pump in this country. He was bridged to transplantation. From this case we have learned that, isolated left VAD implantation in patients who have severe right heart failure may be possible if latter resolves with intensive inotropic agents and intra-aortic baloon pump.
Keywords : Left ventricular assist device, heart transplantation, right ventricular dysfunction
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