Ann Thorac Surg 1979;28:397-398
© 1979 The Society of Thoracic Surgeons
Left Ventricular Decompression by Sump Drainage
Edward R. Munnell, M.D.*,
R. Nathan Grantham, M.D.
Department of Surgery, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and Oklahoma City Clinic, Oklahoma City, OK.
Accepted for publication November 30, 1978.
* Address reprint requests to Dr. Munnell, 701 NE 10th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73104.
Decompression of the left ventricle during cardiopulmonary bypass is a useful adjunct to open-heart operation, primarily to preserve myocardial tissue and also to improve the exposure of the operative field. The addition of sump drainage to left ventricular decompression systems enhances the usefulness of this established technique. Technical aspects of this sump drainage are detailed.
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