Drive-line Exit-site Infection in a Patient With Axial-flow Pump Support: Successful Management Using Vacuum-assisted Therapy

Andrea Garatti, Bruschi Giuseppe, Claudio Francesco Russo, Ordanini Marco, Vitali Ettore

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Abstract

Infection remains one of the most common causes of mortality during left ventricular assist device (LVAD) support, and poses major challenges to surgeons implanting these devices. We describe the case of a patient supported with an axial-flow pump for dilative cardiomyopathy, who experienced drive-line exit-site infection and was treated with extensive surgical debridement and reconstruction by applying vacuum-assisted therapy. He remained infection-free after wound healing and, after 7 months of mechanical support, had native heart function recovery and underwent LVAD removal.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)956-959
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
Volume26
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Transplantation

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