Percutaneous Ventricular Assist Device Fracture in the Right Ventricle and its Retrieval

JACC Case Rep. 2022 Aug 3;4(15):982-986. doi: 10.1016/j.jaccas.2022.04.026.


Mechanical circulatory support devices are used to offer short-term support for patients with cardiogenic shock. However, these devices are not without complications, and the risk and management of each must be closely considered. We discuss an infrequent complication of the percutaneous right heart pump and review complications reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (Level of Difficulty: Intermediate.).

Keywords: FDA, U.S. Food and Drug Administration; MAUDE, manufacturer and user facility device experience; PVAD, percutaneous ventricular assist device; RV, right ventricle; TTE, transthoracic echocardiogram; complications; malfunction; mechanical support device; right heart failure.

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