Contributory Role of Positron Emission Tomography in a Left Ventricular Assist Device Recipient at the time of COVID-19 pandemic.
ASAIO J. 2020 Apr 16;:
Authors: Loforte A, Gliozzi G, Martin Suarez S, Pacini D
We report on the role of fluorine 18-fluorodeoxyglucose (F-FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) scan examinations to contribute in the diagnosis of COVID-19 respiratory syndrome even in the case of asymptomatic left ventricular assist device (LVAD) recipients. Thus, warm caution and thoughtful approaches for timely detection should be taken for our delicate LVAD population expecially if patients are currently living in a high density COVID-19 infected area and the pontential intention for LVAD treatment is bridge to transplantation.
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