Cytomegalovirus reactivation and colitis after left ventricular assist device placement

Uriel Sandkovsky, Diana F Florescu, John Y Um, Eugenia Raichlin, Brian D Lowes, Matthew Kapalis, Alexander Hewlett, Kim F Duncan, Timothy Ryan, Dominick J DiMaio, Whitney Wedel, Andre C Kalil

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Abstract

We describe two patients who developed gastrointestinal bleeding due to cytomegalovirus (CMV) colitis after placement of a HeartMate II left ventricular assist device (LVAD). We aim to raise awareness of CMV colitis as a possible cause of gastrointestinal bleeding after LVAD placement and discuss potential mechanisms for CMV reactivation and areas for future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e348-e351
JournalInternational Journal of Infectious Diseases
Volume17
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2013

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Keywords

  • Cytomegalovirus
  • Cytomegalovirus reactivation
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Left ventricular assist device

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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