Current management of left ventricular assist device erosion

Carlo R. Bartoli, Caitlin T. Demarest, Zain Khalpey, Hiroo Takayama, Yoshifumi Naka

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Left ventricular assist device (LVAD) pocket infection is a serious and potentially fatal complication. Not infrequently, the device erodes externally through the thoracoabdominal wall or internally into the peritoneum. In this article, we report two cases to illustrate the presentation and challenges associated with management of LVAD-pocket infection and wound necrosis. Afterward, we review the current therapeutic strategies for LVAD erosion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)776-782
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Cardiac Surgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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