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Does Small Size Matter With Continuous Flow Devices? : Analysis of the INTERMACS Database of Adults With BSA ≤1.5 m2
The authors reviewed the retrospective INTERMACS database to assess whether outcomes after continuous-flow (CF) LVAD implantation varied with patient BSA. A total of over 10,000 CF LVAD patients were included. Of these, 231 (2%) had a BSA < 1.5 m².
Outcomes: Survival was similar. Postoepratively, smaller patients had a higher incidence of bleeding and driveline infection, but a lower incidence of RV failure and renal dysfunction.