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OBJECTIVE The authors describe their experience with left ventricular assist-device (LVAD) recipients undergoing noncardiac surgery and delineate surgical, anesthetic, and logistic factors important in the successful intraoperative management of these patients. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA Left ventricular assist-devices have become part of the armamentarium(More)
BACKGROUND Severe pulmonary dysfunction has been considered a relative contraindication to surgical resection in patients with solitary pulmonary nodules. We report our initial experience with the combined use of lung volume reduction operation and tumor resection in this patient population. METHODS AND PATIENTS Between January 1995 and July 1996, 14(More)
The authors reviewed the charts of 26 recipients of a left ventricular assist device to determine the incidence of fungal infections and the clinical course of these patients. Nine patients (35%) had positive fungal cultures. Of these, six had clinical infections and three were colonized asymptomatically. Three of the six infected patients (including one(More)
Left ventricular assist devices effectively improve hemodynamic function and reverse renal and hepatic dysfunction; however, their effects upon the gastrointestinal (Gl) system have not been addressed. We evaluated Gl function in 27 left ventricular assist device recipients using interviews, Gl contrast studies, endoscopy, and 99mTc sulfur colloid studies(More)
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