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Fabrizio De Rita,
Dr Stephan Schueler
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© 2021 The Society of Thoracic SurgeonsThe use of continuous-flow mechanical circulatory support in preschool children remains anecdotal. This case report describes the sequel to the implantation with a HeartWare HVAD system (Medtronic, Minneapolis, MN) in a 3-year old child. A 3-year-old boy with myocarditis-related cardiomyopathy underwent implantation with a HeartWare device. After an uncomplicated postoperative course, the patient was discharged home. Serial echocardiography showed progressive left ventricular recovery. After 6 months, the device was decommissioned, and the outflow graft was tied off. Six years after insertion, the device was explanted uneventfully. The HeartWare ventricular assist device offers viable long-term mechanical circulatory support in selected children that results in sustainable care and good quality of life.
Author(s): McPherson I, Generali T, Reinhardt Z, Chilvers N, Nassar M, De Rita F, Vigano G, Schueler S, Hasan A
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Print publication date: 01/07/2021
Online publication date: 03/01/2021
Acceptance date: 12/10/2020
ISSN (print): 0003-4975
ISSN (electronic): 1552-6259
Publisher: Elsevier Inc.
PubMed id: 33412138
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