Total Artificial Heart, Augmented by Venovenous Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation

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Abstract

Shortly after SynCardia total artificial heart (TAH) implant, venovenous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) via a 31 Fr Avalon cannula was used for profound hypoxic lung dysfunction. Immediately after starting ECMO, TAH flow increased by 1.5–2.0 L/min, presumably because of augmented TAH filling by the ECMO jet.

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