Left ventricular assist device (LVAD)

Case contributed by Donna D'Souza
Diagnosis certain


End-stage cardiac failure.

Patient Data

Age: Adult
Gender: Male

Chest x-rays demonstrate an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (AICD) and left ventricular assist device in situ. The heart is markedly enlarged with evidence of congestive cardiac failure. Sternotomy wires and PICC noted. 

Diagram depicting major components of a left ventricular assist device. 

  • Original file: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:LVAD_CDC_Gordon.gif
  • Source: United States Centers for Disease Control
  • Author: Steven M. Gordon
  • This work is in the public domain in the United States because it is a work prepared by an officer or employee of the United States Government as part of that person’s official duties under the terms of Title 17, Chapter 1, Section 105 of the US Code.

Case Discussion

Typical appearances of a left ventricular assist device. 

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