Triple bridge to simultaneous heart and kidney transplantation

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We report a 40-year-old man who presented with irreversible cardiogenic shock. The patient was treated with three consecutive stages of mechanical circulatory support as a triple bridge to cardiac transplantation. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support was used for 5 days, followed by Levitronix CentriMag biventricular assist devices for 39 days. This was escalated to implantation of the CardioWest temporary total artificial heart for 107 days. The patient experienced concurrent end-stage renal disease and subsequently underwent both heart and kidney transplantation. On postoperative day 18 the patient was discharged with good cardiac and renal function. © 2014 by The Society of Thoracic Surgeons Published by Elsevier Inc.




El-Sayed Ahmed, M. M., Aftab, M., Singh, S. K., Mallidi, H. R., & Frazier, O. H. (2014). Triple bridge to simultaneous heart and kidney transplantation. Annals of Thoracic Surgery, 98(2).

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