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 DiMaio, Whitney Wedel, Andre C. Kalil

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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
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2013


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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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