Successful extraction of right ventricular lead remnants using the FlexCath® steerable sheath

Tanyanan Tanawuttiwat, Alan Cheng, John Rickard, Grant V. Chow, Christopher M. Sciortino, Jeffrey Brinker

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In patients undergoing laser lead extraction, incomplete or failed lead removal occur in over 3 % of leads. Because the current available tools have limitations in reaching the right ventricle (RV), the procedure becomes challenging when the lead breaks and its fragments remain lodged in the RV. We describe two cases in which the FlexCath® steerable sheath, normally used in cryoballoon catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation, was useful in directing a bioptome to right ventricular lead fragments and thus allowing for complete lead extraction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)107-110
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016



  • Lead extraction
  • Steerable sheath

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)

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