Analysis of aortic valve commissural fusion after support with continuous-flow left ventricular assist device.

@article{Martina2013AnalysisOA,
  title={Analysis of aortic valve commissural fusion after support with continuous-flow left ventricular assist device.},
  author={Jerson R Martina and Marguerite E. I. Schipper and Nicolaas de Jonge and Faiz Z. Ramjankhan and Roel A. de Weger and Jaap R. Lahpor and A Vink},
  journal={Interactive cardiovascular and thoracic surgery},
  year={2013},
  volume={17 4},
  pages={616-24}
}
OBJECTIVES Continuous-flow left ventricular assist devices (cf-LVADs) may induce commissural fusion of the aortic valve leaflets. Factors associated with this occurrence of commissural fusion are unknown. The aim of this study was to examine histological characteristics of cf-LVAD-induced commissural fusion in relation to clinical variables. METHODS Gross and histopathological examinations were performed on 19 hearts from patients supported by either HeartMate II (n = 17) or HeartWare (n = 2… CONTINUE READING