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The Berlin Heart Ventricular Assist Devices 

The Berlin Heart Ventricular Assist Devices
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The Berlin Heart Ventricular Assist Devices
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Lucian A. Durham

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190909291.003.0022
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date: 07 June 2020

Pediatric Mechanical Circulatory Support has been utilized increasingly to support children awaiting heart transplantation. The Berlin Heart EXCOR® is currently the only viable option, other than veno-arterial ECMO, to provide short- to intermediate-term mechanical circulatory support to infants and children. The Berlin Heart EXCOR® was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2011 as a durable bridge to transplantation following a prospective Investigative Device Exemption (IDE) trial. Since its introduction in Europe in 2001, the Berlin Heart EXCOR® has totaled over 2,400 implants at 176 centers in 41 countries with a 76% success rate.

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