Should physicians offer a ventricular assist device to a pediatric oncology patient with a poor prognosis?

Angira Patel, Anna Joong, Efrat Lelkes, Jeffrey G. Gossett

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Abstract

A case is presented of a 10-year-old girl with refractory leukemia with poor prognosis and chemotherapy-induced heart failure. She is evaluated for a ventricular assist device (VAD), but the pediatric heart failure team views VAD as clinically inappropriate due to her active oncologic problems. This article examines ethical concerns that arise in deciding whether to offer and use this technology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E380-E386
JournalAMA Journal of Ethics
Volume21
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Health(social science)
  • Health Policy

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