Near fatal infection of a patient with a left ventricular assist device due to unrecognized fetal death

Etz, Christian; Welp, Henryk; Scheld, Hans H.; Schmid, Christof
April 2005
European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery;Apr2005, Vol. 27 Issue 4, p722
Academic Journal
Abstract: We report on an unusual case of a young female patient who received an implantable LVAD after unsuccessful emergency coronary bypass surgery following acute myocardial infarction. After LVAD placement, it became evident that the patient had been pregnant. She had to undergo gynaecological surgery during mechanical support to remove the deceased fetus.


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