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Graft placement with an omental flap for ruptured infective common iliac aneurysm in a patient with a continuous flow left ventricular assist device: alternative surgical approach avoiding driveline injury and pathogen identification by 16S ribosomal DNA gene analysis

Abstract

Patients supported by mechanical circulatory support have to wait for longer periods for heart transplantation in Japan. Infective events are a major complication and influence survival. Here, we present the case of a patient with an implantable left ventricular assist device for 6 months who had the complication of ruptured infective common iliac aneurysm. Graft placement with an omental flap was successfully performed via the alternative surgical approach to avoid percutaneous driveline injury. In samples of aortic specimens, 16S ribosomal DNA gene analysis identified Helicobacter cinaedi. Complete removal of the infected tissue and correct pathogen identification may have been relevant to the good clinical course.

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Akiyama, M., Hayatsu, Y., Sakatsume, K. et al. Graft placement with an omental flap for ruptured infective common iliac aneurysm in a patient with a continuous flow left ventricular assist device: alternative surgical approach avoiding driveline injury and pathogen identification by 16S ribosomal DNA gene analysis. J Artif Organs 19, 383–386 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10047-016-0916-7

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Keywords

  • Ventricular assist device
  • Infection
  • Mycotic aneurysm
  • 16S ribosomal DNA gene analysis