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Ann Thorac Surg. 2008 Oct;86(4):1352-4. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2008.03.013.

Progressive Dyspnea After CABG: Complication of Retained Epicardial Pacing Wires.

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Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, California 94305, USA.


We report a case of progressive dyspnea and recurrent pneumonia after uneventful coronary artery bypass graft surgery caused by migration of retained epicardial pacing wires into the right upper lobe of the lung. Removal of the wires by open thoracotomy resulted in significant improvement in dyspnea and near complete resolution of the bronchiectasis and consolidation.

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