Korean J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg.  2020 Apr;53(2):79-81. 10.5090/kjtcs.2020.53.2.79.

The First Pediatric Heart Transplantation Bridged by a Durable Left Ventricular Assist Device in Korea

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  • 1Divisions of Cardiovascular Surgery, Severance Cardiovascular Hospital, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Yonsei University Health System, Seoul, Korea
  • 2Divisions of Pediatric Cardiology, Severance Cardiovascular Hospital, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Yonsei University Health System, Seoul, Korea

Abstract

Treatment options for children with end-stage heart failure are limited. We report the first case of a successful pediatric heart transplantation bridged with a durable left ventricular assist device in Korea. A 10-month-old female infant with dilated cardiomyopathy and left ventricular non-compaction was listed for heart transplantation. During the waiting period, the patient’s status deteriorated. Therefore, we decided to provide support with a durable left ventricular assist device as a bridge to transplantation. The patient was successfully bridged to heart transplantation with effective support and without any major adverse events.

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Transplantation; Pediatric; Cardiomyopathies; Ventricular assist device
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