Painless pancreatitis after implantation of a biventricular assistive device

K. E. Swanson, E. M. Ward, H. C. Wolfsen

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This young cardiac transplant patient developed painless acute pancreatitis within 10 days of implantation of a biventricular assist device (BIVAD). Historical, physical, laboratory, and imaging data allowed conservative management leading to a favorable outcome. Acute pancreatitis after cardiac transplantation is common with a significant mortality rate. Immunosuppression may play an important role in this process as well as infectious and pancreaticobiliary etiologies. Whereas acute pancreatitis is a well-documented complication of cardiac transplantation, this event has not previously been reported in patients who have received a BIVAD. The mechanism by which BIVAD placement may result in pancreatitis is unknown.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1546-1548
Number of pages3
JournalTransplantation proceedings
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jun 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Transplantation


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