Leakage of the arterial prosthesis of an Impella RVAD

Tevaearai, Hendrik T; Schmidli, Juerg; Mohacsi, Paul; Rothen, Hans-Ulrich; Eckstein, Friedrich S; Carrel, Thierry P (2006). Leakage of the arterial prosthesis of an Impella RVAD. Annals of thoracic surgery, 82(4), pp. 1527-9. New York, N.Y.: Elsevier 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2006.02.017

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Seromas occurring around a vascular graft are a rare complication. We report a life-threatening plasma leakage that occurred through the polytetrafluoroethylene vascular prosthesis of an Impella right ventricular assist device (Impella RD [Impella Cardiosystems GmbH, Aachen, Germany]) implanted in a 62-year-old patient with acute right ventricular failure after cardiac transplantation. The leakage became progressively massive. Weaning the patient from the right ventricular assist device was not possible. The prosthesis was thus wrapped within a pericardial patch to contain the leakage. Three days later the patient could be successfully weaned and the pump was removed. The clinical evolution was favorable.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Further Contribution)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Cardiovascular Disorders (DHGE) > Clinic of Cardiovascular Surgery
04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Cardiovascular Disorders (DHGE) > Clinic of Cardiology
04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Intensive Care, Emergency Medicine and Anaesthesiology (DINA) > Clinic of Intensive Care

UniBE Contributor:

Schmidli, Jürg; Mohacsi, Paul; Rothen, Hans Ulrich; Eckstein, Friedrich Stefan and Carrel, Thierry

ISSN:

0003-4975

ISBN:

16996976

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:46

Last Modified:

06 Dec 2013 13:41

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.athoracsur.2006.02.017

PubMed ID:

16996976

Web of Science ID:

000240706800063

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/19045 (FactScience: 1413)

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