Closing the gap in paediatric ventricular assist device therapy with the Berlin Heart EXCOR® 15-ml pump.
Fabrizio De Rita, Massimo Griselli, Eugen Sandica, Oliver Miera, Ann Karimova, Yves d'Udekem, Ranny Goldwasser, Katarzyna Januszewska, Antonio Amodeo, Nadine Jurrmann, Simon Ersel, Ares K Menon
Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg | Published : 2017
OBJECTIVES: The Berlin Heart EXCOR ® (EXCOR) paediatric ventricular assist device is used worldwide for mechanical support of infants and small children with end-stage heart failure. A clinically important gap between the smallest EXCOR blood pump (10 ml) and the next larger size (25 ml) limited the choice of pump size in patients with a body surface area (BSA) between 0.33 and 0.5 m 2 . We present the first clinical experience from the early product surveillance (EPS) of the new EXCOR 15-ml blood pump. METHODS: After CE and U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval in January 2013, 20 patients with a mean age of 1.6 years (range 0.5-3.5 years) and a mean BSA of 0.45 m 2 (range 0.33-0.59 m ..View full abstract