Implantation of HeartMate II Left Ventricular Assist Device in a Single-Lung Patient

Ann Thorac Surg. 2015 Jun;99(6):2216-8. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2014.08.053.


The use of mechanical assist devices has been established as an effective therapy for patients with end-stage heart failure. Implantable left ventricular assist devices are becoming more common in the clinical practice of cardiac surgery. This report illustrates the use of a HeartMate II (Thoratec Pleasanton, CA) left ventricular assist device in a patient with a single lung and dilated cardiomyopathy. To our knowledge, this is the first report of a left ventricular assist device placement in a patient with a prior pneumonectomy.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Cardiomyopathy, Dilated / diagnosis
  • Cardiomyopathy, Dilated / etiology
  • Cardiomyopathy, Dilated / surgery*
  • Echocardiography, Doppler
  • Echocardiography, Transesophageal
  • Heart-Assist Devices*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pneumonectomy*
  • Prosthesis Implantation / methods*
  • Respiratory Insufficiency / complications*
  • Respiratory Insufficiency / diagnosis
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed