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 JBiSE  Vol.9 No.2 , February 2016
Human Amniotic Membrane Promotes Antimicrobial Microenvironment in a Device-Related Infection
Abstract: Hospital inquired post-operative infections are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in patients receiving left ventricular assist devices. We present the case of a patient who acquired Candida albicans and Staphylococci infections following left ventricular assist device implantation. Use of standard antibiotics caused the infection to worsen, thus an amniotic membrane patch was used as a last-resort treatment. Within 6 weeks of the amniotic membrane patch treatment, the infection resolved, the wound appeared exceptionally clean upon inspection, and granulation tissue was present. After the infection resolved, a successful latissimusdorsi tissue flap procedure was completed and the patient made a full recovery.
Cite this paper: Ferng, A. , Marsh, K. , Pilikian, T. , Connell, A. , Hemphill, C. , Paidy, S. , Runyan, R. , Konhilas, J. , Khalpey, Z. (2016) Human Amniotic Membrane Promotes Antimicrobial Microenvironment in a Device-Related Infection. Journal of Biomedical Science and Engineering, 9, 122-126. doi: 10.4236/jbise.2016.92008.
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