Centrifugal pump left heart assist in pediatric cardiac operations. Indications, technique, and results

T. R. Karl, S. Sano, S. Horton, R. B.B. Mee

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Twelve children aged 6 days to 12 years had left or common atrial to aortic extracorporeal support with a centrifugal pump after cardiac operations. Left ventricular assist time ranged from 38 to 190 hours. Ten patients were successfully weaned from left ventricular assist device support; four hospital deaths occurred afterward. All six survivors were discharged from the hospital with improved left ventricular function. Although the follow-up time is short and the experience limited, we consider the centrifugal pump type of left ventricular assist device to be a potentially lifesaving treatment modality for selected pediatric patients having cardiac operations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)624-630
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1991


ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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