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Chirurgia 2015 February;28(1):13-4

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Embolic fungal infection in a patient under left ventricular assist device due to acute myocardial infarction: a successful case of bridge to cardiac transplantation

Nolasco T. 1, Madeira M. 1, Borges Santos M. 2, Rebocho M. J. 1, Mansinho K. 3, Neves J. P. 1

1 Cardiothoracic Surgery Department, CHLO ‑ Hospital de Santa Cruz, Lisbon, Portugal;
2 Cardiology Department, CHLO ‑ Hospital de Santa Cruz, Lisbon, Portugal;
3 Infectiology Department, CHLO ‑ Hospital de Egas Moniz, Lisbon, Portugal


Infection remains the main complication in patients with prolonged left ventricular assist device (LVAD), with fungus infections being associated to high mortality rates. Herein we present the case report of a 50-year-old male with an Aspergillus fumigatus embolism during LVAD support, who underwent bailout cardiac transplantation during active fungal infection with a successful therapeutic outcome in the 6-year follow-up.

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