Seth Karp
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General surgical complications associated with the use of long-term mechanical circulatory support devices: are we 'under-reporting' problems?

Tchantchaleishvili V, Umakanthan R, Karp S, Stulak JM, Keebler ME, Maltais S
Expert Rev Med Devices. 2013 10 (3): 379-87

PMID: 23668709 · DOI:10.1586/erd.12.93

Multiple complications are associated with use of ventricular assist devices (VADs). Cardiac-related complications and infections are most frequently reported. VADs, however, can also lead to a number of general surgical complications equally significant in terms of morbidity and mortality. The authors performed a systematic literature search to review current data that specifically relate general surgical complications to patients who undergo left VAD implantation. The review provides a relatively clear understanding of the spectrum of general surgical complications and shows that they contribute significantly to morbidity and mortality in these patients.

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Heart-Assist Devices Humans Postoperative Complications Research Report Time Factors

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