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Impact of Left-Ventricular Assist Device–Related Complications on Posttransplant Graft Survival

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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Source Name: Annals of Thoracic Surgery


Dhaval Chauhan, MD, Alexis K. Okoh, MD, Setri Fugar, MD, Rivandra Karanam, MD, David Baran, MD, Mark Zucker, MD, Magarita Camacho, MD, Mark J. Russo, MD

The authors queried the UNOS heart transplantation database to determine if LVAD device-related complications (DRCs) were associated with worse postoperative graft survival.  The 5 categories of DRCs were as follows:  device thrombosis, infection, device malfunction, life-threatening arrhythmias, and others.  

Results:  None of the 5 categories of DRCs was associated with worse graft survival on multivariate analysis.

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