Biventricular assist device in extreme anorexia nervosa.

Interactive cardiovascular and thoracic surgery

PubMedID: 17669953

Beholz S, Hotz H, Grosse J, Konertz W. Biventricular assist device in extreme anorexia nervosa. Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2002;1(1):35-7.
Low body mass index is an independent risk factor in cardiac surgery. Cardiac function may be severely impaired in the case of extreme malnutrition and require cardiac assistance if cardiac surgery is necessary. We report a case of the successful use of a biventricular assist device in a patient with an extreme low body mass index (6.7) due to anorexia nervosa for recovery after mitral valve replacement due to endocarditis after infusion therapy for nutrition.