Allograft Cardiectomy and Biventricular Assist Device Placement as a Salvage Maneuver in a Heart Transplant Recipient


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Abstract End-stage allograft failure following cardiac transplantation is a devastating problem, and retransplantation offers the only chance for survival. We present the case of a young man with a failing cardiac allograft who underwent allograft cardiectomy, atrial pouch formation, and biventricular assist device (BiVAD) placement as a salvage maneuver. (J Card Surg 2011;26:114-116)