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Online ISSN 1827-1596
Reade M. C. 1, Toyoda Y. N. 2, Murray H. N. 1
1 Department of Critical Care Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, USA;
2 Department of Cardiac Surgery, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Factor VIIa might be a useful treatment for coagulopathy and massive hemorrhage following implantation of a mechanical circulatory assist device, but there is a theoretical risk of device thrombosis. To date this complication has not been reported. We describe the first case of clotting of a left ventricular assist device immediately after administration of factor VIIa.