Use of DuraHeart® support for more than 1 year as the first successful bridge to heart transplantation in Japan

Chitaru Kurihara*, Minoru Ono, Takashi Nishimura, Aya Saito, Tsuyoshi Taketani, Motoyuki Hisagi, Kan Nawata, Osamu Kinoshita, Tetsurou Morota, Noboru Motomura, Shunei Kyo

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

We report the first successful case in Japan of use of a DuraHeart® for 437 days as a bridge to heart transplantation. A 55-year-old woman developed dilated cardiomyopathy at the age of 47. Her heart condition gradually deteriorated, and she became dependent on catecholamine support, therefore a DuraHeart® was implanted. She had an uncomplicated postoperative course, and was discharged on postoperative day (POD) 54. Only once, the alarm of the controller of the DuraHeart® gave a problem, and had to be replaced. She had no adverse events while she awaited heart transplantation as an outpatient. She underwent heart transplantation on POD 437. Strong adhesion of the drive line to the liver and peritoneal membrane made resection difficult. No thrombus formation was found inside the DuraHeart®, but a wedge thrombus was observed around the inflow cannula in the left ventricle. She was discharged on POD 38 after the transplantation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)67-69
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Artificial Organs
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2011

Keywords

  • Bridge to transplantation
  • DuraHeart®
  • Ventricular assist devices

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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