Implantable left ventricular assist device (LVAD) drive-line exit site infection, an expected consequence of currently available device use, continues to be a significant limiting factor in long-term support. We theorize that the mechanism behind the establishment of the most chronic exit site infections involves a shearing torsion injury that disrupts the tissue adherence interface with the drive-line. The resulting neo-epithelialized drainage tract prevents permanent clearance of the infection with antibiotics alone. The proposed treatment strategy of established infections involves aggressive surgical excision of the involved exit site.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine