Cardiac strangulation: Two-dimensional echo recognition of a rare complication of epicardial pacemaker therapy

Joel I. Brenner, Sharon Gaines, Joyce Corder, Bruce I. Reiner, Phillip J. Haney, Steven R. Gundry

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Abstract

Permanent epicardial pacemaker therapy is occasionally required in newborn infants for congenital complete heart block and in young infants for surgically acquired heart block.1,2 In addition to the usual concerns encountered in any age group, such as lead fracture, pacemaker dysfunction, pericardial effusion and infection,3-5 infants present the additional problem of requiring an adequate length of wire to allow for growth. We report an unusual complication of pacemaker therapy in a newborn: cardiac strangulation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)654-656
Number of pages3
JournalThe American journal of cardiology
Volume61
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 1988
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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