The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation.
STATE OF ART| Volume 38, ISSUE 8, P797-805, August 2019

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Acute kidney injury following left ventricular assist device implantation: Contemporary insights and future perspectives

      Currently, an increasing number of patients with end-stage heart failure are being treated with left ventricular assist device (LVAD) therapy as bridge-to-transplantation, bridge-to-candidacy, or destination therapy (DT). Potential life-threatening complications may occur, specifically in the early post-operative phase, which positions LVAD implantation as a high-risk surgical procedure. Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a frequently observed complication after LVAD implantation and is associated with high morbidity and mortality. The rapidly growing number of LVAD implantations necessitates better approaches of identifying high-risk patients, optimizing peri-operative management, and preventing severe complications such as AKI. This holds especially true for those patients receiving an LVAD as DT, who are typically older (with higher burden of comorbidities) with impaired renal function and at increased post-operative risk. Herein we outline the definition, diagnosis, frequency, pathophysiology, and risk factors for AKI in patients with an LVAD. We also review possible strategies to prevent and manage AKI in this patient population.


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