Direct echocardiographic imaging of Berlin heart valves can aid in early detection of Berlin heart valve dysfunction

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Abstract

Mechanical circulatory support options remain limited for pediatric patients, especially neonates. The only U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved pediatric device remains the Berlin Heart EXCOR, which unfortunately carries with it a 20-30% risk of neurologic complications, such as strokes. We demonstrate a new technique of direct echocardiographic color-Doppler imaging of the Berlin Heart valves to detect valve regurgitation. Increases in valve regurgitation could indicate issues with pump-valve thrombosis or increased afterload leading to valve insufficiency. Early recognition of valve thrombosis or insufficiency may reduce neurologic complications and lead to timely pump adjustments or replacement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E4-E6
JournalASAIO Journal
Volume65
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

Keywords

  • Berlin Heart
  • echocardiography
  • heart failure
  • thrombus
  • ventricular assist device

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Bioengineering
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomedical Engineering

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