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First successful percutaneous treatment of a totally occluded HeartWare outflow graft: Case report and literature review [Anatol J Cardiol]
Anatol J Cardiol. 2018; 19(5): 341-345 | DOI: 10.14744/AnatolJCardiol.2018.76736  

First successful percutaneous treatment of a totally occluded HeartWare outflow graft: Case report and literature review

Cemal Kemaloğlu1, Refik Emre Altekin2, Ömer Bayezid1
1Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Akdeniz University; Antalya-Turkey
2Department of Cardiology, Faculty of Medicine, Akdeniz University; Antalya-Turkey

As the number of implanted left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) used increases, the frequency of chronic complications encountered also increases. The pause of blood flow in the outflow graft is a rare, but fatal, complication. The aim of this article was to present the case of a patient in whom HeartWare outflow graft occlusion was removed by balloon angioplasty and to examine the treatment modalities of HeartWare outflow graft occlusions that have been percutaneously performed to date. The literature was searched for percutaneous interventions on outflow grafts of the left ventricular assist devices. The results of six patients who underwent interventions on outflow grafts were analyzed. Three of six patients with HeartWare outflow graft stenosis were treated with covered stents, while the remaining three were treated with bare metal stents. All procedures were applied successfully. Percutaneous interventions can be performed with appropriate equipment in patients with HeartWare outflow graft stenosis or total occlusion.

Keywords: heart failure, ventricular assist device, outflow graft, balloon angioplasty






Cemal Kemaloğlu, Refik Emre Altekin, Ömer Bayezid. First successful percutaneous treatment of a totally occluded HeartWare outflow graft: Case report and literature review. Anatol J Cardiol. 2018; 19(5): 341-345

Corresponding Author: Cemal Kemaloğlu, Türkiye


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