What price support? Ventricular assist device induced systemic response

Larry O. Thompson, Matthias Loebe, George P. Noon

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Use of ventricular support systems has been associated with myriad systemic complications. Engendered by the blood-biomaterial interface of a unique host/device relationship, these complications include diverse humoral dyscrasias that frequently culminate in episodes of bleeding, hemolysis and thrombogenicity, heightened susceptibility to inflammation and infection, and transient immunal compromise. Recent endeavor in biocompatibility research has served to illustrate the critical role played by cellular, humoral, and neurohormonal components in regulating cytokine expression and has provided insight into the complexities involved in such biomechanical juxtapositions. The following is intended as a review of current literature attempting to address the many aspects of this host/device interaction and their consequences for the supported patient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)518-526
Number of pages9
JournalASAIO Journal
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Bioengineering
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomedical Engineering


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