Presentation and management of left ventricular assist device inflow cannula malposition.


Journal Article

An unusual problem associated with the use of left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) relates to malposition of the apical inflow cannula. From 2005 to 2010, we implanted 154 continuous-flow HeartMate II (Thoratec, Pleasanton, CA) LVADs at our institution. In 4 separate instances, patients appeared to have malposition of the inflow cannula that resulted in serious symptoms. All 4 patients underwent surgery to reposition the cannula. Successful outcomes were achieved for 3 of the 4 patients.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Milano, CA; Simeone, AA; Blue, LJ; Rogers, JG

Published Date

  • July 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 30 / 7

Start / End Page

  • 838 - 840

PubMed ID

  • 21489813

Pubmed Central ID

  • 21489813

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1557-3117

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.healun.2011.03.003


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States