Long-term Right Ventricular Assist Device Support for Congenitally Corrected Transposition of the Great Arteries
AbstractWith congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries, the right ventricle (RV) supports the systemic circulation. These patients have an increased risk of developing heart failure. Implantation of a ventricular assist device may be the only therapeutic option for patients who are not transplantation candidates. The technical aspects of implanting a mechanical device into the RV have not been well described, however. We describe our experience with one such case and describe our operative strategy in obtaining optimal placement of the inflow cannula.
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