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

Copyright © 2015 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

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


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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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