Alternative approach for use of a left ventricular assist device with a thrombosed prosthetic valve

Marc P. Pelletier, Ching Pin Chang, Randall Vagelos, Robert C. Robbins

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Implantation of a left ventricular assist device is problematic in patients with prosthetic heart valves, due to an increased risk of thrombosis with embolization. This report describes the use of a bovine pericardial patch to close the aortic outflow tract in a patient with a mechanical aortic valve and end-stage cardiomyopathy who required urgent left ventricular assist support. A successful outcome suggests that this technique may be of value in treating similar patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)402-404
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Transplantation

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