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Abstract

Systemic inflammatory response syndrome is an increased inflammatory state affecting the whole body. Mechanical circulatory support (MCS) is a temporary or permanent form of extracorporeal support that may have an associated complication of an exacerbated inflammatory response to the extracorporeal circuit. This brief review will focus on understanding the complex pathophysiology of inflammatory response to MCS, factors that influence the extent of the inflammatory response, the inflammatory response and outcomes as well as potential therapeutic strategies.

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