Creation of a self-made total artificial heart using combined components of available ventricular assist devices

T D T Tjan, S Klotz, C Schmid, H H Scheld
Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon 2008, 56 (1): 51-3
We describe the case of a 39-year-old woman who received a self-made total artificial heart built of components from the Thoratec and ExCor Berlin Heart systems. The patient had a severe aortic/myocardial infection following replacement of the ascending aorta with a Shelhigh conduit due to type A aortic dissection. The surgical technique is described in detail in this article. This technique is feasible if a total artificial heart is not available and implantation of a biventricular assist device is not possible.

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