Circulation Journal
Online ISSN : 1347-4820
Print ISSN : 1346-9843
ISSN-L : 1346-9843
Case Reports
The CardioWest Total Artificial Heart for Chronic Heart Transplant Rejection
Masataka YodaAly El-BanayosyGero TenderichReiner KoerferKazutomo Minami
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2009 Volume 73 Issue 6 Pages 1167-1168

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Mechanical circulatory support has been used to treat graft failure after heart transplantation, but in patients who needed mechanical circulatory support because of chronic rejection, we have suffered from the treatment because its outcome was catastrophic. Multiple organ failure was often caused by the addition of or increase in immunosuppressive medications, and it is known as a cause of the poor outcomes. The CardioWest total artificial heart was implanted for a case of chronic heart transplant rejection to enable complete withdrawal of immunosuppressive medication. The patient underwent re-heart transplantation, with a good result. This is a new therapeutic technique for chronic graft rejection. (Circ J 2009; 73: 1167-1168)

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