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Safe application of diagnostic laparoscopy during biventricular assistance.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8572806     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We performed diagnostic laparoscopy in a patient who was critically unstable while on an ABIOMED BVS 5000 biventricular assist system. A relatively unique feature of the ABIOMED is the venous return being dependent only on gravity and the drawing force of venous return being the height of the inflow cannula compared with the level of the ABIOMED blood pump assembly; this did not preclude the use of pneumoperitoneum necessary for laparoscopy. The safe application of diagnostic laparoscopy in patients on a ventricular assist device is of importance in an era of increasing use of these devices and the increased potential for intraabdominal complications in this population.
T W Prendergast; A E Ortega; V A Starnes; T M Klein; M L Barr
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Annals of thoracic surgery     Volume:  61     ISSN:  0003-4975     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. Thorac. Surg.     Publication Date:  1996 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-03-06     Completed Date:  1996-03-06     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  15030100R     Medline TA:  Ann Thorac Surg     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  735-7     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Surgery, University of Southern California, Los Angeles 90033-4612, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Abdomen, Acute / diagnosis,  etiology
Fatal Outcome
Heart Failure / etiology,  surgery
Heart Valve Prosthesis
Heart-Assist Devices*
Laparoscopy / methods*
Mitral Valve Insufficiency / surgery

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