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Assess Safety and Probable Benefit of the EXCOR® Pediatric Ventricular Assist Device

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Berlin Heart, Inc Identifier:
First received: December 20, 2007
Last updated: March 13, 2013
Last verified: March 2013
The purpose of the study is to determine whether use of the Berlin Heart EXCOR® Pediatric Ventricular Assist Device for bridge-to-transplant is associated with a reasonable assurance of safety and probable benefit such that the EXCOR® Pediatric merits approval by the Food and Drug Administration under a Humanitarian Device Exception (HDE).

Condition Intervention
Heart Failure
Device: EXCOR Pediatric

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Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Prospective, Multi-center, Single Arm Study to Access the Safety and Probable Benefit of the Berlin Heart EXCOR® Pediatric Ventricular Assist Device [EXCOR Pediatric]

Further study details as provided by Berlin Heart, Inc:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • The Safety of EXCOR® Pediatric Was Evaluated by Summarizing the Serious Adverse Event Rate Experienced While the Subject Was Supported on the Device. [ Time Frame: Participants were followed while on device support, an average of 58 days ]
    The serious adverse event rate was calculated by totaling the number of serious adverse events all subjects experienced during device support (from implant to explant, an average of 58 days) divided by the total support time (in days) for all subjects. The serious adverse event rates were calculated separately for each primary study cohort.

  • Efficacy of the EXCOR® Pediatric Was Estimated by Showing Survival of All Participants Who Were Supported by the Device. [ Time Frame: Participants were followed while on device support, an average of 58 days ]
    Efficacy of the EXCOR® Pediatric was estimated by showing survival of all participants who were supported by the device.

Enrollment: 48
Study Start Date: May 2007
Study Completion Date: December 2011
Primary Completion Date: September 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: EXCOR Pediatric
Implantation of the EXCOR Pediatric Ventricular Assist Device
Device: EXCOR Pediatric
Extracorporeal Ventricular Assist Device
Other Names:
  • Berlin Heart
  • EXCOR®
  • EXCOR® Pediatric Ventricular Assist Device
  • EXCOR® Pediatric VAD

Detailed Description:
Berlin Heart Inc. is sponsoring a prospective, multi-center, single arm study to access the safety and probable benefit of the Berlin Heart EXCOR® Pediatric Ventricular Assist Device [EXCOR® Pediatric]. The study will compare the EXCOR® Pediatric with a historical control population supported with extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) as a bridge to cardiac transplantation in children.

Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 16 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

- Severe New York Heart Association (NYHA) Functional Class IV (or Ross Functional Class IV for patients <= 6 years) heart failure refractory to optimal medical therapy, and has met at least one of the following criteria:

  • Interagency Registry for Mechanically Assisted Circulatory Support (INTERMACS) profile status 1 or 1a, i.e. critical cardiogenic shock (low BP unresponsive to support), compromised end organ perfusion, < 24 hour survival without mechanical support; may be due to Ventricular Tachycardia (VT)/Ventricular Fibrillation (VF) (1A) OR
  • INTERMACS profile status or 2A (i.e progressive decline): not in imminent danger, but worsening despite optimal inotropic therapy; may be due to VT/VF (2A) AND at least one of the following criteria: Decline in renal functions, Decline in nutritional status, Decline in mobility/ambulation


  • Support with extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) or other mechanical circulatory support device OR
  • Unable to separate from cardiopulmonary bypass

    • Listed (UNOS status 1A or equivalent) for cardiac transplantation
    • Two-ventricle circulation, including cardiomypathy, repaired structural heart disease or acquired heart disease
    • Age 0 to 16 years
    • Weight >= 3 kg and <= 60 kg
    • Legal guardian (and patient if age-appropriate) understands the nature of the procedure, is willing to comply with associated follow-up evaluations, and provide written informed consent and assent prior to the procedure

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Support on ECMO for >= 10 days
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) duration >= 30 minutes within 48 hours of implantation
  • Body weight < 3.0 kg or Body Surface Area > 1.5 m2
  • Presence of mechanical aortic valve
  • Unfavorable or technically-challenging cardiac anatomy including single ventricle lesions, complex heterotaxy, and restrictive cardiomyopathy
  • Evidence of intrinsic hepatic disease
  • Evidence of intrinsic renal disease
  • Evidence of intrinsic pulmonary disease
  • Hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis (not including dialysis or continuous veno-venous hemofiltration (CVVH) for fluid removal)
  • Moderate or severe aortic and/or pulmonic valve insufficiency
  • Apical Ventricular Septal Defects (VSD) or other compromise that is technically challenging to repair at implant
  • Documented heparin induced thrombocytopenia (HIT)
  • Documented coagulopathy
  • Hematologic disorder
  • Active Infection within 48 hours of implant (positive blood culture or White Blood Cell Count >15,000 and fever > 38 degrees C)
  • Documented Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)
  • Evidence of recent life-limiting malignant disease
  • Stroke within 30 days prior to enrollment
  • Psychiatric or behavioral disease
  • Currently participating in another Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) or Investigational New Drug Application (IND) trial
  • Patient is pregnant or nursing
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00583661

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Sponsors and Collaborators
Berlin Heart, Inc
Principal Investigator: Charles D Fraser, MD, FACS Texas Children's Hospital / Baylor College of Medicine
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Additional Information:
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Berlin Heart, Inc Identifier: NCT00583661     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: EXCOR® Pediatric
Study First Received: December 20, 2007
Results First Received: January 25, 2012
Last Updated: March 13, 2013

Keywords provided by Berlin Heart, Inc:
Ventricular Assist Device
Pediatric Ventricular Assist Device

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Heart Failure
Heart Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases processed this record on April 28, 2017