Extracorporeal Left Ventricular Circulatory Support as a Bridge to Implantable LVAD for a Patient With Pan-Left Ventricular Thrombosis

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Abstract

We present the case of a 57 year old woman who developed pan-left ventricular thrombus while being supported with central extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support for cardiogenic shock. The left heart thrombus was evacuated emergently through the aortic valve, left atriotomy, and left ventriculotomy. The cannulation was then revised with the addition of a 36 French angled cannula in the apex of the left ventricle to decompress the ventricle, minimize stasis, and allow for any residual microthrombus to be trapped in the oxygenator membrane, not causing embolization. Once her neurological status was confirmed intact, a durable device was implanted. She recovered well without any neurological injury.

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