Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy Tube in a Syncardia™ Total Artificial Heart

Authors

  • Amit Prasad Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, Hershey, Pennsylvania
  • Kai Singbartl Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, Hershey, Pennsylvania
  • Jacqueline Boone Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine Heart and Vascular Institute, Hershey, Pennsylvania
  • Behzad Soleimani Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine Heart and Vascular Institute, Hershey, Pennsylvania
  • Mohamad Zeriouh Department of Cardiothoracic Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support, Harefield Hospital, Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, London
  • M. Loebe INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Michael Koerner INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • J. Elisabeth Oei Syncardia Systems Tuscon, Arizona
  • Christoph E Brehm Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine Heart and Vascular Institute, Hershey, Pennsylvania
  • Ali Ghodsizad Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine Heart and Vascular Institute, Hershey, Pennsylvania

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1532/hsf.1411

Abstract

As a bridge to transplant, the Syncardia™ total artificial heart (TAH) is an option for patients who are not candidates for left ventricular assist devices (LVAD) due to right ventricular failure. The need for nutritional support in these patients is essential for a favorable outcome. Low body mass indexes and albumin levels have been associated with increased morbidity and mortality in cardiac surgery patients [Alverdy 2003]. It is not uncommon for postoperative patients to have difficulty in consuming enough calories after surgery, which is further complicated by a hypermetabolic demand due to surgical stress. Enteral nutrition has typically been favored for gut mucosal integrity and bacterial flora [Alverdy 2003] [Engleman 1999]. We describe the need for prolonged enteral nutritional support in a TAH patient that was accomplished with a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube.

Author Biography

Amit Prasad, Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, Hershey, Pennsylvania

Assistant Professor Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine

Published

2016-02-22

How to Cite

Prasad, A., Singbartl, K., Boone, J., Soleimani, B., Zeriouh, M., Loebe, M., Koerner, M., Oei, J. E., Brehm, C. E., & Ghodsizad, A. (2016). Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy Tube in a Syncardia™ Total Artificial Heart. The Heart Surgery Forum, 19(1), E014-E015. https://doi.org/10.1532/hsf.1411

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