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Ann Thorac Surg. 1992 Oct;54(4):769-70.

Unusual complication of temporary pacing wires in children.

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  • 1Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Boston University Medical Center, MA 02118.


There have been numerous complications described concerning temporary epicardial pacing wires including infection, bleeding, and coronary artery graft disruption. We report a case in which the heart was ensnared by the pacing wire, resulting in cardiac decompensation during attempted removal. This complication may be avoided by assuring that a smaller loop of pacing wire remains in the pericardium.

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