Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 1983; 31(2): 117-118
DOI: 10.1055/s-2007-1021957
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Left Heart Decompression via the Pulmonary Artery

L. L. Laughlin, D. L. Holland, E. E. Wareham
  • Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, California, USA
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Publication Date:
19 March 2008 (online)


A technique of left heart decompression is presented which is simple and easy to apply. Cannulation of the main pulmonary artery with a coiled wire reinforced venous cannula provides access for continuous suction and effectively decompresses both the left and right sides of the heart. An inline vacuum release valve controls the amount of suction.