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To bridge or not to bridge?
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PMID:  22841254     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
OBJECTIVE: Ventricular assist devices (VAD) are an important therapy that saves the lives of candidates a waiting heart transplantation (HTx). However, there are questions about posttransplantation effects of VADs.
METHODS: Seventy-four patients with end-stage heart failure who underwent HTx in our clinic between February 2007 and July 2011 were divided into two groups; a bridge cohort (n = 28) and a nonbridge group comprising 46 who underwent HTx without mechanical circulatory support. There mean ages were 39.89 ± 15.66 and 38.33 ± 16.23 years respectively. Significantly more patients in the bridge group, were man displayed anemia, were treated with anticoagulation therapy, and underwent a resternotomy. In the nonbridge group, more patients needed preoperative inotropic support.
RESULTS: Multiple logistic regression analysis revealed preoperative renal failure (P = .007, odds ratio [OR] 27) and inotropic support (P = .006, OR: 10,222) as well as longer cardiopulmonary bypasses (≥130 minutes, P = .001, OR: 11,24) to be risk factors for in-hospital mortality, which was 15.2% in nonbridge and 10.7% in bridge subjects, P = .733). Major adverse events, such as renal failure, pulmonary failure, right ventricular failure, neurological event, and reoperation due to bleeding, shown similar incidences between the groups. The amount of blood transfusion was significantly higher in the bridge group (2.34 U versus 3.56 U, P = .037). The preoperative incidence of human leukocyte antigen sensitization (panel reactive antibody ≥ 10%) and grade 2R were rejection episodes in the early period were similar.
CONCLUSION: Early posttransplant results were not adversely or beneficially influenced by the use of VADs. Similar to other types of cardiac surgery, a patients preoperative condition seemed to be the major factor affecting mortality.
Y Engin; C Engin; T Yagdi; S Nalbantgil; S Erkul; S Ertugay; M Ozbaran
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Transplantation proceedings     Volume:  44     ISSN:  1873-2623     ISO Abbreviation:  Transplant. Proc.     Publication Date:  2012 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-07-30     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0243532     Medline TA:  Transplant Proc     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1722-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Ege University Hospital, Izmir, Turkey.
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