ISSN 2490-3329 (Print)
ISSN 2303-7954 (Online)

Volume 49, Issue 1, Article 9

(Scr Med 2018:49:57-60)

Surgical Treatment of the Left Ventricular Assist Device Drive Line Infection with Abscess Formation

Duško Terzic1, Emilija Nestorović1, Svetozar Putnik1, Saša Kačar1, Vladimir Jovičić1, Ana Janjić1, Miljko Ristić1

1 Department for Heart Transplant , LVAD and ECMO, Clinic for CardiacSurgery,Clinical Center of Serbia

doi: 10.18575/
UDC: 616.12-008.315-071
COBISS.RS-ID: 7318296


Specific left ventricular assist device infections are the leading cause of morbidity and second most common cause of death in patients who survive the first six months after implanting device, and also they are the most common cause of readmissions to hospital. The patient is a 63-year-old who received LVAD HeartMate II. The patient was readmitted to the hospital due to a driveline exit site infection and a developed abscess formation at 4 cm from the DL exit site. After reducing infection with antibiotics therapy, he was successfully operated by creating new exit site while removing the driveline from the infected region of the subcutaneous tissue. Repositioning of the driveline to a new exit site with mandatory removal of part of the driveline from the subcutaneous tissue in the region of infection, with extensive debridement of the wound is appropriate therapeutic option for patients with driveline infection.

Key words: drive line infection, LVAD, C shaped

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Duško Terzić,
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Center of Serbia
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Submitted: February 1st, 2018
Accepted: February 18th, 2018