Recurrent Device Thrombi During Mechanical Circulatory Support With an Axial-flow Pump Is a Treatable Condition and Does Not Preclude Successful Long-term Support

Jama Jahanyar, George P. Noon, Michael M. Koerner, Keith A. Youker, S. Chris Malaisrie, Uy Q. Ngo, Guillermo Torre-Amione, Matthias Loebe

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The formation of pump thrombus after implantation of axial-flow ventricular assist devices has been described previously. We report a case of recurrent pump thrombus formation in a 63-year-old man who was bridged to heart transplantation with a MicroMed DeBakey ventricular assist device. He was treated with a low, dose-adjusted thrombolytic treatment protocol, and was subsequently successfully bridged to transplantation. Transient pump thrombus formation does not preclude safe long-term support with an axial-flow pump when diagnosed and treated appropriately.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)200-203
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2007
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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