New era of pediatric ventricular assist devices: Let us go to school


ÖZBARAN M. , YAĞDI T. , ENGİN Ç. , ULGER Z. , OZBARAN B. , KÖSE S. , ...More

PEDIATRIC TRANSPLANTATION, vol.19, no.1, pp.82-86, 2015 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 19 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/petr.12399
  • Title of Journal : PEDIATRIC TRANSPLANTATION
  • Page Numbers: pp.82-86

Abstract

As there is still a shortage of pediatric donor hearts, several techniques have been used to assist pediatric patients to survive until transplantation. VADs provide long-term support and ability of mobilization for children before a suitable heart becomes available. Several devices such as paracorporeal pumps have been used for this purpose, with acceptable morbidity and mortality rates. However, discharge is not possible, as there is no mobile drive unit for these small-sized pumps. The possible negative psychosocial impact of long-term hospitalization, away from home and school, may cause some adjustment problems in the future. In this case series, three pediatric patients that underwent intracorporeal LVAD implantation and returned to school are presented to share clinical experience and also to attract attention to the potential social and psychiatric implications.