Ventricular Assist Device-Related Haemolysis Presenting with Acute Pancreatitis

Fatima, Sanna and Alhamshari, Yaser S and Salahuddin, Moiz Ventricular Assist Device-Related Haemolysis Presenting with Acute Pancreatitis. European Journal of Case Reports in Internal Medicine, 4 (4). ISSN 2284-2594


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Acute pancreatitis is one of the rare complications in patients fitted with a left ventricular assist device (LVAD). We herein report a case of acute pancreatitis in a patient with LVAD triggered by intravascular haemolysis. A 44-year-old man with non-ischaemic cardiomyopathy (NICM) after VAD implantation presented with epigastric pain. Laboratory work-up showed acute pancreatitis and haemolysis. As there was concern that device thrombosis was causing haemolysis, the patient was started on unfractionated heparin infusion. The patient was discharged when haemolysis and pancreatitis had resolved. To our knowledge, VAD-associated haemolysis presenting with acute pancreatitis is infrequently described in the literature.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: VAD thrombosis; VAD complication; acute pancreatitis; haemolysis
Subjects: 600 Tecnologia - Scienze applicate > 610 Medicina e salute (Classificare qui la tecnologia dei servizi medici) > 616 Malattie (classificare qui la Clinica medica, la medicina basata sull'evidenza, la Medicina interna, la Medicina sperimentale)
Depositing User: Michela Donatelli
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2017 10:04
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2017 10:04

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