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Transplantation versus prosthetic replacement of the heart.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Biomaterials, medical devices, and artificial organs
Publication Date
Volume
3
Issue
4
Pages
481–488
Identifiers
PMID: 773440
Source
Medline

Abstract

The cardiac allograft has a far superior clinical record than the mechanical device or artificial heart. Further efforts in two-staged cardiac replacement are encouraged using, initially, an orthotopic total replacement of the nonfunctioning heart and, later, substitution by a cardiac allograft. Orthotopic cardiac replacement with a mechanical device offers promise, but elective clinical application may be delayed for many years.

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