Management of rapidly ascending driveline tunnel infection

Gregory Rubinfeld, Jamie P. Levine, Alex Reyentovich, Abelardo DeAnda, Leora B. Balsam

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We present a case of rapidly ascending left ventricular assist device driveline and tunnel infection in a patient with a long length of driveline buried beyond the distal velour coating. Device salvage with radical debridement, exit site relocation, and local tissue advancement is described. The findings in this case suggest that the interface between nonvelour covered driveline and subcutaneous tissue can become the nidus of a virulent ascending infection because of poor tissue ingrowth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)853-855
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Cardiac Surgery
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Surgery

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    Rubinfeld, G., Levine, J. P., Reyentovich, A., DeAnda, A., & Balsam, L. B. (2015). Management of rapidly ascending driveline tunnel infection. Journal of Cardiac Surgery, 30(11), 853-855.