The treatment of an unusual complication associated with a HeartMate II LVAD in an adolescent

Anthony Echo, Brian P. Kelley, Jamal M. Bullocks, David L. Morales

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Abstract

The HeartMate II LVAD has provided a bridge to heart transplantation or a permanent fixture for destination therapy for patients with heart failure. LVAD infections are associated with significant morbidity even when treated with explantation, device exchange, or a salvage procedure. We present an unusual complication following the placement of the HeartMate II device in an adolescent, whereby a pocket infection resulted in a large soft tissue defect overlying and surrounding the device. The novel use of a VRAM flap was successfully used to repair the defect and salvage the device.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E130-E133
JournalPediatric Transplantation
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2012

Keywords

  • HeartMate II LVAD
  • LVAD pocket infection
  • cardiac transplantation
  • flap
  • heart transplantation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Transplantation

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