TandemHeart as a bridge to recovery in Legionella myocarditis

David F. Briceño, Rajeev R. Fernando, Sriram Nathan, Pranav Loyalka, Biswajit Kar, Igor D. Gregoric

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Legionnaires’ disease is the designation for pneumonia caused by the Legionella species. Among the rare extrapulmonary manifestations, cardiac involvement is most prevalent, in the forms of myocarditis, pericarditis, postcardiotomy syndrome, and prosthetic valve endocarditis. Mechanical circulatory support has proved to be a safe and effective bridge to myocardial recovery in patients with acute fulminant myocarditis; however, to our knowledge, this support has not been used in infectious myocarditis specifically related to Legionellosis. We describe a case of Legionella myocarditis associated with acute left ventricular dysfunction and repolarization abnormalities in a 48-year-old man. The patient fully recovered after left ventricular unloading with use of a TandemHeart percutaneous ventricular assist device. In addition, we review the English-language medical literature on Legionella myocarditis and focus on cardiac outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)357-361
Number of pages5
JournalTexas Heart Institute Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 3 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Arrhythmias, cardiac/etiology
  • Heart-assist devices
  • Immunoglobulins, intravenous/therapeutic use
  • Legionnaires’ disease/ complications/diagnosis/ drug therapy/prevention & control
  • Myocarditis/ complications/etiology
  • Risk factors
  • Treatment outcome
  • Ventricular dysfunction, left/ microbiology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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