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Case Reports in Surgery
Volume 2012, Article ID 791056, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/791056
Case Report

Fluoroscopy-Guided Resolution of Ingested Thrombus Leading to Functional Disturbance of a Continuous-Flow Left Ventricular Assist Device

Department of Cardiac Surgery, Heart Center Leipzig, University of Leipzig, Struempellstraβe 39, 04289 Leipzig, Germany

Received 28 August 2012; Accepted 23 September 2012

Academic Editors: N. A. Chowdri and P. De Nardi

Copyright © 2012 Jens Garbade et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The third generation of left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) has been shown to improve outcome and quality of life in patients suffering from acute and chronic heart failure. However, VAD-associated complications are still a challenge in the clinical practice. Here we report the resolution of a mobile thrombus formation in the proximity of the inflow cannula of a third generation of LVADs (HVAD Pump, HeartWare, Inc.) in a patient with chronic heart failure 4 months after implantation.