Pericardium-lined skeletal muscle ventricles: up to two years' in-circulation experience.


BACKGROUND Skeletal muscle ventricles (SMVs) are autologous pumping chambers constructed from skeletal muscle. Skeletal muscle ventricular rupture and thromboembolism have complicated chronic models of this method of skeletal muscle cardiac assist. METHODS The SMVs were constructed from the latissimus dorsi muscle in 10 dogs. The inner surface of each SMV… (More)