Long-term bridge to transplantation with the Symbion acute ventricular assist device system

Scott Lick, Jack G. Copeland, Luis J. Rosado, Gulshan Sethi, Richard G. Smith, Marilyn Cleavinger

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A 48-year-old man was supported for 164 days with Symbion biventricular assist devices. During that time, his cytotoxic antibody screen fell from 97% positivity to less than 10%, enabling cardiac transplantation. Complications during the implantation included a 3-minute episode of amaurosis fugax, one positive blood culture, and anemia, which responded to decreased frequency of blood drawing. He is now alive 7 months after transplantation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)308-309
Number of pages2
JournalThe Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 1991


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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