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Lessons learned with the use of CentriMag as short-term ventricular assist device in a child

  • Thittamaranahalli Kariyappa S. Kumar (a1), Jean Ballweg (a2) and Christopher J. Knott-Craig (a1)


The CentriMag ventricular assist device is an extracorporeal, third-generation, continuous flow device. The rapidity and simplicity of operation along with low priming volume make it attractive for use in children with refractory heart failure. We report the successful use of CentriMag as a bridge to recovery in a child and discuss issues that are unique to its use in children.


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Correspondence to: T. K. Susheel Kumar, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, University of Tennessee, 50 N Dunlap Street, Memphis, TN 38103, United States of America. Tel: +901 287 5995; Fax: +901 287 5970; E-mail:


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