Intraoperative bronchoscopic visualization of left ventricular assist device thrombus

Gardner Yost, Geetha Bhat, Sejal Modi, Pat Pappas, Antone Tatooles

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Despite advancements in left ventricular assist device (LVAD) design and clinical management, device thrombosis remains a pertinent complication. Limited imaging makes precise visualization of clot location and shape very challenging. We report the usage of videobronchoscopic exploration of explanted LVADs for direct visualization of clot in two patients. This technique is a rapid and inexpensive means of improving our understanding of LVAD clot formation and may be useful in surgical exploration of inflow and outflow tracts during LVAD exchange.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)433-435
Number of pages3
JournalPerfusion (United Kingdom)
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jul 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Safety Research
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing


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