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This is a link to an open access article. This article has been peer reviewed and is published in Annals of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery 2012 Jan 31. DOI: 10.5761/ ©Japan Science and Technology Agency


We report a case of HeartMate II® left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation as a destination therapy in a patient with a patent ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt after being suffered from subarachnoid hemorrhage. Because the patient's VP shunt was running through her right anterior chest and abdominal wall, a driveline exit site was selected in her left upper quadrant to avoid unnecessary perioperative complication in relation to the patent VP shunt tube. Tailored driveline placement was a key element of this LVAD implantation in this already sick patient with multiple comorbidities.

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