Successful long-term bridge to transplant in a 5-year-old boy with the EXCOR left ventricular assist device

C Etz, H Welp, T D T Tjan, T Krasemann, C Schmidt, H H Scheld, C Schmid
Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon 2004, 52 (4): 232-4
We report on a 5-year-old boy who presented with postcardiotomy failure after aortic valve replacement and had to undergo implantation of a Berlin Heart-Excor system since treatment with ECMO did not improve myocardial pump function. After a stormy postoperative course with delayed sternal closure after 9 days, the young boy finally recovered and could be fully mobilized. Until successful heart transplantation after a support interval of 77 days, he experienced no device-related infectious or thromboembolic complications.

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