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Rescue of an epicardial left ventricular pacing lead without explantation in a patient with CRT-D pocket infection: mission possible.

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  • Department of Cardiology, III. Med. Klinik mit Kardiologie, Intensivmedizin und Notfallmedizin, Hospital of St. Pölten-Lilienfeld, Propst Führer-Str. 4, 3100, St. Pölten, Austria. christian.wollmann@stpoelten.lknoe.at

Abstract

Device pocket infections in patients with permanent pacemakers and implantable defibrillators are a common complication, requiring explantation of the entire system if involvement of the leads is evident. We report on a patient with a pocket infection of a cardiac-resynchronization therapy defibrillator (CRT-D), in whom the left ventricular epicardial pacing lead was saved without explantation of the lead.

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