This report details two cases of left ventricular assist device (LVAD)-related fungal infection. In both cases, the infection occurred within the device and formed an obstruction resulting in intermittent variation in the output of the LVAD. This was manifested by a change in the pattern of aortic insufficiency (AI) from continuous to intermittent on transesophageal echocardiography. Recognition of this finding may allow for noninvasive diagnosis of LVAD flow obstruction.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Biomedical Engineering