Background There are limited clinical reports concerning internal power cable fixing in left ventricular assist device (L-VAD) patients. Actually there are no reports in the literature about Jarvik 2000 internal cable repair. We show the first description of a technique for surgical reparation of such a fatal complication. Patient History The patient was a 62-year-old woman who had L-VAD implantation (Jarvik 2000) with outflow graft apposition in descending thoracic aorta through left thoracotomy access, in 2009. She arrived urgently on January 25, 2014 for Jarvik 2000 dysfunction correlated with head movements. The neck X-rays revealed the rupture of one of the nine power cables located inside the neck and the damaging of two more cables nearby to be ruptured. On the same day she got pump failure due to the final interruption of the remaining two cables, we were obliged to install femoro-femoral extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) assistance, to repair the power cables, approaching them through a pacemaker extension cable. The L-VAD outflow was occluded with vascular ball occluder inserted via right axillary artery under fluoroscopy before ECMO installation. At the end the ECMO assistance was interrupted and the Jarvik 2000 was turned back on. The patient was dismissed from the hospital 12 days after the procedure. Discussion At the moment the international literature is poor regarding this issue. This case provides evidence that in emergency conditions ECMO assistance is mandatory and a hybrid surgical and radiological approach could help to repair the damage in safe conditions.
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|Titolo:||First World Report of Internal Power Cable Repair in Left Ventricular Assist Device Jarvik 2000: Case Report|
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