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Case Reports in Surgery
Volume 2012, Article ID 907490, 2 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/907490
Case Report

Biventricular Levitronix CentriMag Assist Device: A “Bridge to Recovery” Solution in Patients with Acute Fulminant Myocarditis

Department of Cardiac Surgery, Heartcenter Leipzig University, Struempellstraße 39, 04289 Leipzig, Germany

Received 2 November 2012; Accepted 19 November 2012

Academic Editors: H. Imura and G. Rallis

Copyright © 2012 Marcel Vollroth 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

Fulminant myocarditis (FM) represents a crucial cardiac pathology with extensive hemodynamic compromise occurring in a previously healthy patient. Early death occurs because of acute cardiac decompensation from inflammation, necrosis, and myocytolysis. Nevertheless, in this situation implantation of an extracorporeal circulatory support system may ensure cardiac recovery. We herein report our experience using a biventricular Levitronix CentriMag system for bridge to recovery.