Korean J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg.  2014 Aug;47(4):409-412.

Transfromation of Percutaneous Extracorporeal Life Support to Paracorporeal Ventricular Assist Device: A Case Report

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  • 1Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Korea. mdcho95@gmail.com

Abstract

Percutaneous extracorporeal life support (P-ECLS) is a useful modality for the management of refractory cardiac or pulmonary failure. However, venoarterial P-ECLS may result in a complication of left ventricular distension. In this case report, we discuss a patient with drug-induced dilated cardiomyopathy managed with venoarterial P-ECLS and a left atrial vent catheter. The venoarterial P-ECLS was modified to a paracorporeal left ventricular assist device (LVAD) by removing the femoral venous cannula. After 28 days of hospitalization, the patient was successfully weaned from the paracorporeal LVAD and discharged home from the hospital.

Keyword

Heart failure; Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation; Dilated cardiomyopathy; Left ventricular assist devic

MeSH Terms

Cardiomyopathy, Dilated
Catheters
Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation
Heart Failure
Heart-Assist Devices*
Hospitalization
Humans
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