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

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

PEDIATRIC TRANSPLANTATION, cilt.19, ss.82-86, 2015 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 19 Konu: 1
  • Basım Tarihi: 2015
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1111/petr.12399
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.82-86


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.