Levitronix CentriMag to Berlin Heart Excor: a "bridge to bridge" solution in refractory cardiogenic shock

Antonio Loforte, Evgenij Potapov, Thomas Krabatsch, Michele Musci, Yuguo Weng, Miralem Pasic, Roland Hetzer
ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs 2009, 55 (5): 465-8
Levitronix CentriMag is a third generation bearingless temporary rotary pump designed for short-term mechanical support. The device, combined with Berlin Heart cannulas, was implanted in 30 patients suffering from acute cardiogenic shock with biventricular failure. Fifteen patients were successfully bridged to long-term Excor support due to lack of myocardial recovery. The approach produces good results, avoiding the risks of repeated sternotomy and cardiopulmonary bypass and reducing the costs involved.

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