Suicide right ventricle after lung transplantation for pulmonary vascular disease

Shivanand Gangahanumaiah, Bronwyn C. Scarr, Mark R. Buckland, David V. Pilcher, Miranda A. Paraskeva, David C. McGiffin

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A 27-year-old female with Eisenmenger's syndrome underwent closure of a patent ductus arteriosus, closure of a perimembranous ventricular septal defect and mid muscular defect and bilateral lung transplantation. Her immediate postoperative course was complicated by severe right ventricular outflow tract (RVOT) obstruction resulting in hemodynamic collapse, a condition described as suicide right ventricle. The patient was placed on central Veno-Arterial Extra-Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation as a bridge to the relief of RVOT obstruction which included a right ventricular outflow muscle resection and a right ventricle outflow tract patch. The patient made an uneventful recovery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)412-415
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Cardiac Surgery
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2018


  • Eisenmenger's syndrome
  • lung transplantation
  • suicide right ventricle

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