Michael Kopitz

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BACKGROUND In the early post-operative period after implantation of a continuous flow left ventricular assist device (LVAD) a non-pulsatile flow occurs. We compared the post-operative time-courses of protein S-100B (S100B) and neuron-specific enolase (NSE) as biochemical markers of brain injury in patients after implantation of a continuous flow LVAD and(More)
In 12 patients with acute cardiogenic shock who required mechanical circulatory support a short-term Abiomed BVS 5000 extracorporeal assist device was implanted using the inflow and outflow cannulas of the BerlinHeart extracorporeal assist device. In 7 patients suitable for long-term support the Abiomed pumps were later exchanged for BerlinHeart pumps. This(More)
Microemboli may impair cognitive function in patients undergoing heart surgery. Prebypass filtration has been shown to reduce particle load in the cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) priming fluid. This study was performed to detect the embolic load of CPB priming fluid, to determine the efficacy of a 0.2 microm prebypass filter (PBF) in reducing emboli in the(More)
Performing cardiac surgery on pediatric Jehovah's Witness patients is a great challenge for the surgical team and especially for the perfusionist. Jehovah's Witnesses reject blood transfusions on the grounds of their literal interpretation of passages of the Bible. In accordance with this belief, Jehovah's Witnesses feel that it is also forbidden to(More)
In patients with severe cardiogenic shock requiring implantation of a short-term assist device transportation to a specialized heart center for further therapy may be necessary. We report the first successful transcontinental air transport (from Singapore to Berlin, Germany) of a patient with fulminating myocarditis requiring implantation of a biventricular(More)
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