Failure of an Abiomed left ventricular assist device in association with factor VIIa administration

M. C. Reade, Y. N. Toyoda, H. N. Murray

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Factor VIIa might be a useful treatment for coagulopathy and massive hemorrhage following implantation of a mechanical circulatory assist device, but there is a theoretical risk of device thrombosis. To date this complication has not been reported. We describe the first case of clotting of a left ventricular assist device immediately after administration of factor VIIa.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-148
Number of pages4
JournalMinerva Anestesiologica
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2008


  • Blood coagulation
  • Factor VIIa
  • Heart assist devices
  • Thrombosis

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