Successful Bridge to Transplant Using the TandemHeart® Left Ventricular Assist Device in a Pediatric Patient

Hyde M. Russell*, Bradley Kulat, Neale Zingle, Carl L Backer

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A nine-year-old girl (23 kg) was successfully bridged to heart transplantation with the TandemHeart® centrifugal pump for 10 days. Although this cardiac assist device has been used in adults for short-term mechanical support, its use in the pediatric population has not been widely reported. The TandemHeart® was easy to implant, achieved appropriate flows in this pediatric patient, and allowed for extubation and ambulation while awaiting a donor heart.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)249-250
Number of pages2
JournalWorld Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012


  • arrhythmia
  • circulatory assist devices (LVAD)
  • myocardium
  • pediatric
  • perfusion
  • transplantation (heart)
  • ventricle (left)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Surgery
  • Medicine(all)
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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