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Abdominal Fascial Enlargement to Relieve Obstruction of the Duodenum Caused by Novacor Left Ventricular Assist System

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Elsevier Inc.
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Volume
26
Issue
7
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DOI: 10.1016/j.healun.2007.05.003

Abstract

One of the complications associated with use of implantable left ventricular assist systems for long-term support is compression or obstruction of abdominal viscera by the implanted device. This report concerns a patient with obstruction of the duodenum caused by an intra-abdominally placed Novacor left ventricular assist system. The compression of the duodenum was relieved by patch enlargement of the rectus sheath, which enabled the patient to return to a solid-food diet.

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