Central venous catheter fracture during pacemaker lead extraction

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In this case report, we present an unusual and potentially life- threatening complication of cardiac electronic device lead extraction…” Rizkallah et al (2017).

Introduction:

In this case report, we present an unusual and potentially life- threatening complication of cardiac electronic device lead extraction during which a peripherally inserted central venous catheter (CVC) coursing ipsilaterally to the pace- maker leads was fractured with the use of mechanical extraction tools. Subsequently, a fragment of this catheter embolized distally into the right atrium. To our knowledge, such a complication of mechanical lead extraction has never before been reported in the scientific literature.

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Reference:

Rizkallah, J., Sumner, G. and Sheldon, R. (2017) Central venous catheter fracture during pacemaker lead extraction. Heart Rhythm Case Reports. 2(1), p.11–13.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.hrcr.2015.07.006

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