Left Ventricular Assist Device as Bridge to Recovery for Anthracycline-Induced Terminal Heart Failure
Congestive Heart Failure, 05/11/2012
Appel JM et al. – The authors report a case of a 19–year–old man developing HF after anthracycline treatment for Ewing sarcoma. Despite medical treatment, his condition deteriorated to terminal HF, leading to implantation of a mechanical left ventricular assist device (LVAD). His heart function recovered, allowing explantation of the device 14 months after implantation. Heart transplantation is often contraindicated in the first years after treatment for cancers, and LVAD as “bridge to recovery” may be warranted in similar patients.