Pacemaker lead perforation causing hemopericardium eight years after implantation

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Abstract

The number of patients with intracardiac devices, including permanent pacemakers and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators is increasing. Lead perforation is a recognized complication which most often occurs during or shortly following pacemaker implantation. Late lead perforation occurring over 30 days after device insertion is a rare, potentially life-threatening complication. We present a case of late lead perforation unmasked greater than eight years after pacemaker implantation by initiation of anticoagulation. Copyright © 2013, Cardiological Society of India. All rights reserved.

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Liang, J. J., Killu, A. M., Osborn, M. J., & Jaffe, A. S. (2013). Pacemaker lead perforation causing hemopericardium eight years after implantation. Indian Heart Journal, 65(3), 331–333. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ihj.2013.04.009

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