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|Title: ||Assisted circulation in postcardiotomy heart failure: experience with the Bio-Medicus centrifugal pump in ten patients|
|Authors: ||DI CREDICO, GERMANO|
|Abstract: ||Between January 1990 and September 1992, ten patients required assisted circulation for postcardiotomy heart failure which was unresponsive to inotropic drugs and aortic counterpulsation. All patients were supported by a Bio-Medicus centrifugal pump (biventricular assist in five, left ventricular in three, right ventricular in two); six had ischaemic heart disease, two a congenital ventricular septal defect, one an acute mitral valve incompetence and one an aortic type 'A' dissection. The mean duration of circulatory support was 5.1 days (range 2 hours to 8 days). Six patients were weaned from the device and four were discharged; the perioperative deaths among the patients weaned from support were the result of cerebral haemorrhage and multiorgan failure respectively. No late deaths occurred at a mean follow-up of 15 months. Common complications were bleeding (40%), acute renal failure (30%) and sepsis (30%). All patients who developed renal failure died. The high incidence of haemorrhagic complications makes the use of pre-heparinized circuits desirable as these patients do not then require additional anticoagulation.|
|Keywords: ||Bacterial Infections; Assisted Circulation; Cerebral Hemorrhage; Myocardial Ischemia; Humans; Aged; Hemorrhage; Cause of Death; Cardiac Output, Low; Child, Preschool; Equipment Design; Survival Rate; Multiple Organ Failure; Heart Septal Defects, Ventricular; Cardiac Surgical Procedures; Acute Kidney Injury; Aneurysm, Dissecting; Middle Aged; Follow-Up Studies; Heart-Assist Devices; Aortic Aneurysm; Male; Female; Mitral Valve Insufficiency|
|MIUR subjects: ||MED/23 - Chirurgia Cardiaca|
|Publication date: ||Oct-1994|
|Citation: ||Assisted circulation in postcardiotomy heart failure: experience with the Bio-Medicus centrifugal pump in ten patients / G. Paolini, M. Triggiani, G. Di Credico, M. Pocar, P. Stefano, E. Montorsi, F. Simeone, G. Paolillo, A. Grossi. - In: Cardiovascular surgery (London, England). - ISSN 0967-2109. - 2:5(1994 Oct), pp. 630-633.|
|Pubmed identifier: ||7820527|
|Scopus identifier: ||2-s2.0-0027942803|
|Type: ||Article (author)|
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