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Mycobacterium chimaera left ventricular assist device infections

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

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Source Name: Journal of Cardiac Surgery


Leora B. Balsam, Eddie Louie, Fred Hill, Jamie Levine, Michael S. Phillips

Balsam and colleagues present two cases of Mycobacterium chimaera infection following implantation of left ventricular assist devices, likely linked to bioaerosols from heater-cooler units used during surgery. Both cases were milder than has been reported following valvular and aortic graft surgery, but long-term sterilization of the internal hardware is unlikely. The authors also discuss their local practice changes that aim to prevent future cases.

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