Creation of a self-made total artificial heart using combined components of available ventricular assist devices.

  • Tjan T
  • Klotz S
  • Schmid C
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We describe the case of a 39-year-old woman who received a self-made total artificial heart built of components from the Thoratec and ExCor Berlin Heart systems. The patient had a severe aortic/myocardial infection following replacement of the ascending aorta with a Shelhigh conduit due to type A aortic dissection. The surgical technique is described in detail in this article. This technique is feasible if a total artificial heart is not available and implantation of a biventricular assist device is not possible.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Adult
  • Aneurysm, Dissecting
  • Aneurysm, Dissecting: surgery
  • Aortic Valve Insufficiency
  • Aortic Valve Insufficiency: surgery
  • Female
  • Heart Failure
  • Heart Failure: etiology
  • Heart Failure: surgery
  • Heart Transplantation
  • Heart, Artificial
  • Heart-Assist Devices
  • Humans
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Postoperative Complications: surgery
  • Prosthesis Design
  • Prosthesis Design: instrumentation
  • Prosthesis Design: methods
  • Prosthesis Implantation
  • Prosthesis Implantation: methods
  • Reoperation
  • Treatment Outcome

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  • T D T Tjan

  • S Klotz

  • C Schmid

  • H H Scheld

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