Endoventricular thrombolytic procedure (ETP) has been used to treat continuous-flow left ventricle assist device (CF-LVAD) thrombosis. The study aims to investigate the occurrence of complications after ETP. Data were retrospectively reviewed and analyzed in a series of patients who underwent CF-LVAD followed by ETP. Since November 2010, 20 patients underwent HeartWare CF-LVAD implantation at our institute. Four patients (20%) developed pump thrombosis and underwent a total of nine ETPs with tissue plasminogen activator infused into the left ventricle. The mean age was 60.2±9 years. ETP was performed via either the femoral (n=6) or radial artery (n=3). Five ETPs (55.5%) were complicated by left and right radial artery occlusion, two by groin hematomas, and one by femoral artery false aneurysm. ETP carries a strong risk of vascular access complications that, in CF-LVAD patients, may add to the already complex clinical profile and economic burden; thus, a less invasive treatment is advisable whenever required.
- Continuous-flow pump
- Vascular access-site complications
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biomedical Engineering
- Medicine (miscellaneous)