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Myocardial infarction due to a retained epicardial pacing wire. Ann Thorac Surg 2012 Nov;94(5):1724-6



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2-s2.0-84867800394   4 Citations


A 20-year-old man with a temporary epicardial pacing wire retained after infant repair of an atrioventricular septal defect presented with cardiopulmonary arrest. After resuscitation with extracorporeal membranous oxygenation, a coronary angiogram demonstrated a retained epicardial pacing wire compressing the left anterior descending artery and obtuse marginals. Owing to poor prognostic findings on a computed tomography scan of his head, he was terminally withdrawn from mechanical support. This case demonstrates a potential devastating complication of a retained temporary epicardial pacing wire.

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Cohen SB, Bartz PJ, Earing MG, Sheil A, Nicolosi A, Woods RK


Peter J. Bartz MD Professor in the Pediatrics department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Scott B. Cohen MD Associate Professor in the Medicine department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Ronald K. Woods MD Professor in the Surgery department at Medical College of Wisconsin

MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Cardiac Pacing, Artificial
Fatal Outcome
Foreign Bodies
Myocardial Infarction
Young Adult
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