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Med J Malaysia. 2012 Dec;67(6):618-9.

Infective endocarditis and the pacemaker: cardiac implantable electronic device infection.

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Sarawak General Hospital, Heart Center, 94300 Kota Samarahan, Sarawak, Malaysia.


We are seeing more implantation of cardiac device such as pacemakers and defibrillators and also cardiac implantable electronic device infection. The infection may affect just the pocket site or progress to deeper infection and bacteraemia. Inadequately treated infection may lead to right sided endocarditis, cardiotomy for pacemaker explantation and increased cost and length of stay in the hospital. We report a Staphylococcal infection of a pacemaker system, its successful medical and surgical management.

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