Unusual complications following left ventricular assisted device implantation: case series

Amjad Shalabi*, Erez Kachel, Yigal Kassif, Muin Faqeeh, Preisman Sergey, Leonid Sternik, Liza Grosman-Rimon, Wadi Kinany, Offer Amir, Eylon Ram, Jacob Lavee, Avishay Grupper

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Background: While left ventricular assisted devices (LVAD) have revolutionized the treatment of advanced heart failure, they are associated with a wide range of complications, including bleeding and infection which are the most common complications reported in the literature. Our case series report four unusual complications not related to gastrointestinal bleeding and infections and their management. Case presentation: A 61 year old female after LVAD implantation with late onset of severe symptomatic aortic regurgitation treated by transfemoral transcatheter valve implantation (TAVI) with good long term results. A 75 year old male patient with acute pump failure secondary to cable damage, who underwent urgent pump replacement. A 49 year old female patient with a history of myoma who developed massive uterine bleeding which was treated with emergent open hysterectomy after failed gonadotropin-releasing hormone therapy replacement. A 57 year old male patient with device display failure 1 month after LVAD implantation without the ability to monitor speed, power consumption and blood flow. Conclusions: LVAD patients can be presented with a great variety of complications. Physicians should be aware of their manifestations and the management options.

Original languageEnglish
Article number70
JournalJournal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2021


  • Cable damage
  • Display failure
  • Left ventricular assisted device
  • Myoma


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